South Portland man dies in Falmouth highway accident

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FALMOUTH — State police are looking at high speed among factors in a fatal accident on Interstate 295 early Wednesday morning.

South Portland resident Christopher Black, 42, was declared dead at the scene,  Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said.

Black’s sport utility vehicle was discovered by a passing motorist between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., McCausland said.

Police are not sure what time the accident occurred, but McCausland said Black was driving north on the highway near Exit 10 when he left the road “at a high rate of speed” and struck a clump of trees. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.