SCARBOROUGH — Rain-soaked roads may have been a factor in Saturday’s crash that killed a Scarborough High School senior and injured three other students on their way to the Gorham High School prom, according to Scarborough police.

Details of the accident are still under investigation by state and local police.

The accident happened at 5:25 p.m., as Steven Delano, the driver of a 2006 white Pontiac G6, was traveling west on Holmes Road where it crosses Payne Road, said Officer Tim Dalton.

An empty jet-fuel tanker heading north on Payne Road, toward the Maine Mall, broadsided Delano’s car at the intersection, Dalton said. The truck pushed the car about 100 feet down Payne Road and over an embankment on the east side of the road. The car landed on its roof.

The truck driver, Nathan Allen, 38, of Casco, was not injured, police said. Delano, 18, died from injuries he received in the crash.

Delano and his best friend, Kevin Grondin, and two girls who attend Gorham High School were on their way to Gorham’s senior prom at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.

They had been taking photographs at Delano’s home in Scarborough and were heading back to Gorham to get prom tickets that one of the girls left at home, offcials said.

School officials said the three passengers in the car are expected to recover from their injuries. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to a factor in the crash, police said.

Students have set up a memorial at the crash site, including dozens of bouquets, several crosses and many heart-felt notes.


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