NEW GLOUCESTER – A 16-year-old boy from Gray was killed Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle he was riding in collided with a van on Route 100, Maine State Police Trooper Joseph Bureau said. His identity was not released, and no reason was given.

Bureau said the boy was riding in a Ford Explorer driven by Benjamin Farynaz, 18, also of Gray. He said Farynaz was eastbound on Bennett Road and failed to stop at the intersection of Route 100. The SUV was hit on the passenger side by a van driven by Melvin Durland of New Portland, Bureau said.

He said the SUV swung around and landed on the passenger side in a ditch, trapping the occupants inside. Rescue crews freed the occupants.

The 16-year-old died at the scene, Bureau said. Farynaz, a second passenger in the SUV and Durland were taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Bureau said empty alcohol containers were found in the SUV, but authorities were still investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. It was reported around 2:45 p.m.

Route 100 was closed for at least two hours and limited to one lane until reopening around 6:30 p.m.


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