Early afternoon last Monday, May 2, a Chevy truck was rear-ended by a Saturn on Route 302 in Raymond, in front of Sabre Corporation and Main’s Pizza.

The driver of the Saturn, Randall LaFrance, 48, of Saco, was injured and rushed to Maine Medical Center where, as of Wednesday afternoon, he remains in satisfactory condition.

“We were just sitting there with our blinker on waiting to pull in,” said the truck’s passenger, Rick Strout. “We waited for several cars to go by [from the opposite direction] and next thing we know, he hit us. He just wasn’t paying attention.”

Strout and the driver of the truck, Tony Lorrain, 42, of Harrison, are employed by Sabre Corp. and were on their way back to work when the accident occurred.

“We just ran up to the store, came back for lunch, and ‘whammo’,” said Strout. “Tony said that when he saw him in the mirror he was really flying. That’s why there were no skid marks.”

The accident caused westbound traffic to be re-routed through Main’s Pizza’s parking lot. Eastbound traffic was detoured up Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, across Route 11, and down Route 85.

The dramatic spectacle attracted many onlookers who were eager to share their take on the accident.

“Apparently that guy hit a woman’s car in Windham on his way up through here and she was waiting for the police to show up and he just kept going,” reported one witness who wished to remain anonymous. “Somebody followed him and said he was all over the road. They had to cut the roof off to pull him out.”

Captain Bill Rhoads of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the report that LaFrance had hit a car in Windham. He also said that, while alcohol was ruled out as a possible cause, they had yet to determine the reason for the collision.


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