BANGOR, Maine — Several people were taken to two Bangor hospitals Tuesday after suffering minor injuries in a four-car chain reaction crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95.
The accident, which occurred during the height of the evening commute, reduced traffic to one lane for about an hour and a half, according to state police Trooper Scott Hamilton.
Hamilton said that the accident occurred at 5:20 p.m. near mile marker 183, which is just south of the Hammond Street interchange. He said Jessica Temm, 21, of South Portland was driving in the passing lane when her 1994 Chevrolet SUV struck the back end of a 1996 Volkswagen driven by Brett Bradford, 18, of Kenduskeag.
Hamilton said Bradford had slowed down because of traffic congestion ahead of him. Temm attempted to swerve around Bradford but, even though she was going at or below the speed limit, she was following too closely and too quickly to avoid the collision, the trooper said.
Temm’s vehicle then was struck from behind by a 2002 GMC SUV driven by Kathy Boutin, 44, of Brewer, Hamilton said. Boutin’s vehicle then was struck by a 1997 Toyota driven by Brandon Nute, 19, of Carmel, Hamilton said.
Temm was not injured but her SUV had an estimated $3,000 in damage, mostly to the left side of its front end, Hamilton said. He said Bradford complained of neck pain and his vehicle had an estimated $3,500 in damage to its back end.
Boutin and her 18-year-old daughter, Stephanie, who was a passenger, both complained of back pain, Hamilton said. He said that Boutin’s SUV had about $3,000 in damage to its front and back ends.
Nute suffered wrist and chest injuries. His Toyota had about $2,500 in damage, the trooper said.
Hamilton said no charges are anticipated in connection with the pileup.