May 22, 2018
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Fawn triggers three-vehicle pileup on I-95

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town woman was injured Friday in a chain-reaction crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95.

Ashleigh Madden, 19, was taken to a Bangor hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to Maine State Police Trooper Darren Vittum.

The accident occurred shortly before noon just south of the Broadway exit, when Sara James, 32, abruptly slowed to avoid a fawn that darted into the path of her 2003 Saturn SUV, Vittum said.

Madden, who was traveling behind James in her 2000 Volkswagen Beetle, was unable to slow down in time and struck the back end of the SUV.

Madden’s car then was struck from behind by a 1995 Plymouth Neon driven by Jeffrey McLean, 20, of Bangor, Vittum said.

Vittum said that James and her passenger, a minor whose name was withheld, and McLean and his passenger, Steven Barker, a 22-year-old college student living in Bangor, all escaped serious injury in the crash.

The trooper said all of the people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts. He also said that the Beetle and the Neon both had substantial front-end damage but that James’ Saturn could be driven after the accident.

Witnesses said the fawn appeared to be uninjured and ran off after the accident, according to Vittum. He said traffic was rerouted temporarily around the Broadway exit while wreckers hauled the Neon and Beetle away.


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