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Maine Funeral Home Worker Killed in Hearse Crash

Hearse crash
Maine Dept. of Public Safety

State police say a funeral home employee transporting a body was killed when his hearse was hit from behind by a sport utility vehicle.

Police said the crash killed 59-year-old Richard Charest of Winthrop. It happened on Route 202 in Greene on Monday evening.

Authorities said Charest was transporting the body back to the funeral home where he worked when the crash occurred. They say Charest and the body he was transporting remained inside the hearse after the crash.

Police said the driver of the SUV, 58-year-old Donald Asselin of Sabattus, suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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