East Machias Woman Dies in Car Accident


By Sarah Craighead 



The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Sunday, Nov. 26 the Washington County Regional Control Center (RCC) received a 911 call reporting an accident on Route 192 in the town of Wesley.

 The RCC dispatched deputies, the Wesley Fire Department and Downeast Ambulance. The Maine Warden Service and State Police also responded to the crash. Upon arrival, emergency crews confirmed a single vehicle was traveling toward Machias, lost control and had rolled over in the roadway.

 Asia Wells, 26, of East Machias and Vermont was partially ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Wells worked at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias. Principal Joyce Fragale called for a two-hour delay to allow staff to process the difficult news before beginning the school day.

 The crash scene remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office but Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree said that neither speed nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.