I-95 accident causes 3-mile traffic jam

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 13, 2009, at 10:56 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Orrington woman was injured Friday evening in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 that tied up southbound traffic from near the Interstate 395 on-ramp all the way back to the Broadway exchange, a distance of about three miles, according to a state police trooper.

Mandi Mitchell, 24, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she received treatment for injuries likely suffered when her air bags deployed, Trooper Brian Bean said. She was still being evaluated in the hospital emergency department late Friday, a nursing supervisor said.

According to Bean, the pileup occurred “within seconds” at 6 p.m., when a Buick LeSabre driven by Linda Cartier, 57, of Carmel broke down on the interstate near the on-ramp to the Veteran’s Remembrance Bridge, which is part of I-395.

Cartier was unable to get her hazard lights or any other lights to work after her car broke down, so Mitchell was unable to see the vehicle as she attempted to turn onto I-395 from I-95, Bean said. Mitchell’s Hyundai Elantra hit the rear of the Buick and then was struck from behind by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Eric Doak, 49, of Newburg, who tried to veer around the Elantra but was unable to avoid the collision.

Neither Cartier nor Doak was injured, Bean said, adding that all three motorists involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.

“The interstate was completely backed up,” he said. “It was a complete bottleneck back to Broadway.” Police allowed traffic to travel around the accident scene a few vehicles at a time but it was an hour before things began to flow smoothly again, he said.

No charges are pending in connection with the crash.

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