Maine State Police were called to U.S. Route 1 in Blaine shortly after 2 p.m. Friday after a pickup truck collided head-on with a tractor trailer.

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Police say 48-year-old Ned Ketchum of Mars Hill was driving north in a 2008 Ford F-150. Meanwhile, 59-year-old Wayne Cushman, also of Mars Hill, was operating a 2007 Kenworth tractor trailer unit with box trailer heading south.

Witnesses stated that the pickup crossed the center line into the path of the tractor trailer unit, according to Sgt. Jeff Clark. Cushman attempted to avoid the pickup but could not, Clark said.

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The pickup was totaled in the crash and the tractor trailer sustained extensive damage. Ketchum was transported by Crown Ambulance to TAMC with non-life threatening injuries.

Sgt. Clark said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The Mars Hill Fire Department also responded to the scene.