Crash claims life of former pastor

WILTON — A three-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon on Route 2 claimed the life of a former co-pastor of the First Apostolic Church.

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Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

A NorthStar Ambulance crew, Wilton firefighters and police work at the scene of a crash Tuesday afternoon on Route 2 in Wilton near Collectors Delight, the former Dexter Shoe building. A car traveling west struck a pickup and then a tractor-trailer heading east.

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Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

A NorthStar Ambulance crew, Wilton firefighters and police work at the scene of a crash Tuesday afternoon on Route 2 in Wilton near Collectors Delight, the former Dexter Shoe building. A car traveling west struck a pickup and then a tractor-trailer heading east. The impact pulled tires off the empty pulp truck and scattered debris from both vehicles.

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Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

A NorthStar Ambulance crew, Wilton firefighters and police work at the scene of a crash Tuesday afternoon on Route 2 in Wilton near Collectors Delight, the former Dexter Shoe building. A car traveling west struck a pickup and then a tractor-trailer heading east.

Alton J. Walston, 83, of Wilton was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just west of Collectors Delight, formerly the Dexter Shoe Store. Walston formerly co-pastored the church with his wife, Sharon, who remains the pastor.

He was driving a maroon Chevrolet Impala west on Route 2 just east of the church at about 3 p.m. and apparently veered into the eastbound lane, said Wilton police officer Nicholas Oettinger.

Walston initially collided with a silver Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Bruce W. Thibeault.

The Impala bounced back into the westbound lane briefly before veering back into the eastbound lane where it struck a tractor-trailer driven by Avery P. Liston. Lettering on the truck door stated Linkletter Trucking from Athens.

“The Impala had a major collision with the tractor-trailer and came to rest on the side of the road,” Oettinger said.

Thibeault and Liston escaped serious injury, Oettinger said.

A crash reconstruction specialist and a commercial vehicle specialist arrived from the Maine State Police to help Oettinger with the investigation at the scene. A portion of Route 2 was closed for a few hours while police investigated. Traffic was routed through Main Street from East Wilton to Wilton.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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Audrey Alcala's picture

I can't believe

I can't believe all the hoopla about the location of the accident when someone has lost their life! You people are really pathetic! And you wingnut56 are beyond pathetic with your sick sense of humor! God bless this poor man and his family!!

Christine Gerrish's picture

Accident

In regards to the comments that have already been posted here...I realize accurate reporting is important, but a life was suddenly ended due to this incident. Have statistics become more important than people? God be with the family, friends, and saints of this Pastor.

 

 

Hal Stone's picture

Rt 2 & 4 in Wilton

Both these routes are very long. Rt. 4 comes up from Auburn and runs to Rangely. Rt 2 goes from Western VT to Bangor and further north.  They join in Wilton just past the Jay town line and travel together to Farmington, where Rt. 4 goes north to Rangely and Rt. 2 continues eastward.  This crash scene is on the section where they run together, but almost all the local people just refer to this section as "Rt.2", probably because Rt. 2 is a U.S. designation and Rt. 4 is a state highway.

 

Melissa Greenwood's picture

Agree Location is Correct

Route 2 goes well past the location of the accident into both directions.

 

 

RIP Rev Walston

Randall Pond's picture

Location of the accident

Dear Miss Bryant;

 

I'm sorry but, the Former Dexter Shoe Store  is located on Route 4 Not Route 2.

 

I've been traveling this road since the 1970's and it's always been referred to as Route 4 or Routes 2 and 4 but, I believe this section is only Route 4 as Route 2 doesn't travel up that far.

 

Randall.

The article is correct

I'm Sorry Randall, But... You may have travelled it since the 70's, but you are not correct about this.  The former Dexter is indeed on both routes 2 and 4.

As seen in Google maps: http://tinyurl.com/dexter2and4

News from/about Franklin county is typically written by people who live here and know the area.

- Phil

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