South Bristol man dies in car crash

A 2007 Saturn rests against a tree after turning off Route 129 in South Bristol on the evening of Monday March 20. Kenneth D. Chasse, from South Bristol, died at the scene. (Photo courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)

A man has been killed in a single-vehicle crash that closed a portion of Route 129 in south Bristol for over an hour on the night of Monday March 20.

Kenneth D. Chasse, 64, of South Bristol, was killed in the collision after the southbound 2007 Saturn he was operating left the road and struck a tree on the south side of the road just south of Wood Duck Lane around 9:15 p.m., according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Chasse was not wearing a seat belt and the vehicle’s airbags deployed, according to the LCSO.

South Bristol Fire Chief Marc Carrothers said his department’s security officer, Norman Wright, discovered the crash while coming home from work.

Carrothers said this is one of five fatal accidents in South Bristol that he can recall in his 25 years with the fire department, but it was probably a first for some firefighters on the scene on Monday.

The South Bristol Fire Department has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday 21 March. Carrothers said he plans to review the accident with members of the department at that time and can schedule further reporting efforts as needed.

In addition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Bristol South Fire Departments, the Lincoln County Central Ambulance Service and the Bristol and Damariscotta fire departments responded to the accident. Bristol Fire Brigade assisted at the scene with traffic control.

First responders were able to clear the scene around 11:45 p.m., according to Carrothers.

LCSO asks members of the public with questions or information related to this accident to contact Lt. Brendan Kane at the Sheriff’s Office at 882-7332 or by email at [email protected].


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