Brother, sister die in 2-vehicle crash in Topsham

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TOPSHAM — Two siblings were killed in a two- vehicle accident on Meadow Road Thursday morning, Aug. 12, according to Maine State Police.

The crash occurred at about 4 a.m. in front of the Bisson Farm. Randy Bishop, 50, of Bowdoinham, and his sister, Donna Pottle, 39, of Bowdoin, were traveling north in a 1999 Saturn SL sedan when the vehicle crossed the center line, sliding sideways into the opposite lane, according to a State Police release. State Police Lt. David Tripp said Friday that Bishop was the driver.

Andrew Thiebeault, 19, of Topsham, was driving south in a 1997 Dodge 2500 pickup when the Saturn veered into his lane. The Saturn’s passenger side hit the Dodge’s front end, killing Bishop and Pottle, according to State Police. Thiebeault sustained minor injuries and was taken to Parkview Hospital in Brunswick and later released.

State Police say the Saturn’s speed was a likely cause of it sliding through a curve and into the opposite lane.

Tripp said all three people involved were wearing their seatbelts. Part of Meadow Road was shut down after the accident, and State Police and area agencies responded to the scene.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.