June 18, 2018
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Truck crash closes I-95 near Sherman

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

SHERMAN, Maine — The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Sherman were shut down for about four hours Friday afternoon after a two-truck accident in which both drivers were injured, though none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Injured were Maitland Stevens, 59, of Island Falls, who was behind the wheel of a parked Maine Department of Transportation dump truck, and Gary Johnson, 27, of Houlton, who was driving the tractor-trailer that struck it, according to a news release issued Friday night by Maine State Police Trooper Brian Harris.

After the crash, Johnson was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital and Stevens was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital. Johnson later was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where a nursing supervisor said he still was being evaluated Friday night. No information on Stevens’ medical condition was avail-able.

According to Harris, the accident occurred just after 1 p.m. when a 1999 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Johnson struck the dump truck, which was parked behind a road maintenance crew as protection.

As Johnson traveled north, he did not see the state crew and struck the dump truck, which had a protective cushion mounted to its rear, Harris said.

After hitting the dump truck, the tractor-trailer struck a guardrail and then jackknifed, blocking both lanes of I-95 and leading to the closure of both travel lanes.

Johnson, who was trapped in the semi’s cab by the extensive damage, had to be removed from the wreckage by members of the Island Falls Fire Department, who used hydraulic extrication equipment, Harris said.

Harris said the tractor-trailer, owned by Foster Farms of Littleton, was demolished and that the state dump truck had extensive damage.

Both Stevens and Johnson were wearing seat belts when the accident happened.

The interstate reopened around 5 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation by state police Trooper Carmen Lilley, who was assisted at the scene by Harris, Trooper Chad Fuller and members of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Border Patrol, the Island Falls and Sherman fire departments, Maine DOT and Patten ambulance personnel.

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