Jay man dies in early morning crash


WILTON — A Jay man died in an early-morning accident Thursday on Route 156, just west of McCrillis Corner.

Dennis Hanson, 37, was returning home from work when his vehicle went off the road, rolled over and landed on its roof against a utility pole, Wilton police Chief Heidi Wilcox said in a release.

The pole was broken and power lines came down in the 12:30 a.m. accident. Road conditions, including black ice, are considered a main reason for the accident, which is still under investigation by Wilton officer Derek Daley, she said.

Hanson was wearing a seat belt and was alone in the 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer headed west toward the Bean’s Corner intersection at Route 133.

Hanson was a former assistant wrestling coach at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, and coached boys varsity soccer there for four years, ending in 2009. He had recently taken a job at MaineGeneral Hospital.

A NorthStar ambulance, Farmington police and fire, Jay police and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department helped at the scene.

The accident was reconstructed by Detective Ken Charles and Deputy Kevin Hartley of the Franklin Sheriff’s Office, Wilcox said.

The Maine Department of Transportation was notified of the road conditions.