Maine state police say one person is dead and eight were injured — including five children — in a head on collision in Pittsfield. 

Authorities say 67-year-old Camille Ortolano of Corinna was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 2 at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Maine State Police

Police say the Jeep Wrangler driven by her husband, 69-year-old Joseph Ortolano, lost control on black ice and collided head-on with a Chevy Tahoe. Joseph Ortolano was hospitalized with multiple injuries.

All seven occupants of the Tahoe — 43-year-old Michael Pease of Industry, his 41-year-old wife, Heather Willis, and their five children, ages 8-17, were taken to Sabasticook Valley Medical Center. Police say their injuries are not life-threatening.

The road remained closed until midnight.

State police, Pittsfield and Fairfield police, and fire and emergency medical personnel from Pittsfield, Canaan and Detroit responded to the crash.

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