4 killed in Maine crash, state's worst in 2011

December 25, 2011 - 8:40 PM

PALERMO, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a Christmas Day traffic accident was the state's deadliest this year, taking the lives of four people.

Police said the four, all men, died instantly in the two-vehicle crash about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The accident occurred on Route 3 in Palermo.

Troopers believe the weather was a factor. Light snow was falling at the time and the road was slippery. Troopers say a sport-utility vehicle slipped sideways in the road and was hit broadside by an oncoming car.

Two men were in each vehicle. Their names were not released, pending notification of their families. All four were from Maine and members of two different families.

The road was closed for nearly four hours.