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20-year-old Landen Ouellette of Madawaska suffered an electric shock and died after tripping on a downed power line. He was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Airport Avenue in Frenchville.

From Maine State Police:

On Friday, January 5, 2024, at approximately 12:11 am, the Maine State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Airport Avenue in Frenchville. Initial investigation indicates that 20-year-old Landen Ouellette of Madawaska and his passenger 19-year-old Curtis Levesque of Madawaska were traveling west on Airport Road when Ouellette lost control of the vehicle, a 2015 Ford F-150, and went off the roadway striking a utility pole that took down power lines. Ouellette and Levesque were able to get out of the vehicle on their own. After exiting the vehicle, Levesque started walking back to the truck tripped on a downed power line, and suffered an electric shock. The Frenchville Fire Department and Madawaska Ambulance Service rendered aid to Levesque on scene but he died as a result of his injuries. In the process of trying to help Levesque Ouellette was also electrocuted. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at Northern Maine Medical Center. Speed and icy road conditions are considered factors in the crash. The investigation is ongoing and this is the only information that is being released at this time. The Maine State Police were assisted on scene by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Presque Isle Police Department, Frenchville Fire Department, Madawaska Ambulance Service, Frenchville Public Works, and Versant Power.

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