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.

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.

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