15 vehicles crash on icy stretch of I-95

Posted Dec. 28, 2008, at 10:23 a.m.

PLYMOUTH, Maine — It began about 5 p.m. Saturday night with a single car off the road and ended two hours later with 15 cars and pickup trucks either in the median, the ditch or crashed into each other.

An unusually slippery section of the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Plymouth, between mile markers 162 and 163, caused 10 separate accidents, Maine State Police Sgt. Sean Hashey said.

“It was so slippery that I watched a tow truck driver fall on his back right in front of me,” Hashey said. “The first trooper on the scene was actually watching other crashes happen.”

Miraculously, he said, no one was injured although two of the vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Hashey said Maine Department of Transportation trucks were called to the scene and once salt was spread on both lanes, the problem was solved. “We had it all cleared up by 7 p.m.,” he said.

Hashey said the Plymouth Fire Department and four troopers responded to the crash scenes.

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