Topsham man dies in Bowdoin accident

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BOWDOIN — A Topsham man was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Route 201 the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office responded at 2:27 p.m. to a call of a vehicle off the road, near 1490 Augusta Road. The sole male occupant, identified as 45-year-old Andrew J. Klaiber, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Klaiber’s 2005 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling south on Route 201 when he apparently lost control, went down an embankment and struck a tree, Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said in a press release.

“Although road conditions had been treacherous earlier in the day, they do not appear to be a cause of the accident,” Merry said. “Neither speed (nor) alcohol are considered a contributing factor.”

Merry said witnesses said the vehicle was operating erratically before it went off the road.

“We’re looking into a possible medical condition that may have been a cause factor,” Merry said on Tuesday, because Klaiber’s driving became erratic so suddenly.

Cpl. Ian Alexander, the lead investigator of the accident, was assisted by the Topsham and Richmond police departments. The Brunswick Police Department was called to help reconstruct the incident.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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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.