The crash, which snapped a utility pole on Route 1 in St. David, left one Grand Isle woman dead. Credit: Hannah Catlin / St. John Valley Times

A Grand Isle woman died in a single-vehicle crash on Route 1 in St. David on Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. There were no other passengers.

The driver, Louise Gorneault, 63, was westbound when she swerved off the road and crashed into a utility pole, snapping the pole in half and caving in the hood and roof of her green 2005 Honda Element. Gorneault was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Authorities had to free the woman’s body from the vehicle.

Authorities stopped traffic both ways on Route 1 and estimated the road would take several hours to clear.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Hannah Catlin is a reporter at the St. John Valley Times/Fiddlehead Focus in Madawaska, Maine.