Raccoon causes four-vehicle pileup in Brewer

Posted Dec. 06, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — A wild animal attempting to cross Wilson Street on Tuesday morning is being blamed for a four-vehicle, accordion-type collision near TD Bank, Brewer police Cpl. Steve Boyd said.

“It was all because of a raccoon,” he said. “Nobody was hurt but two vehicles were towed.”

A truck ran over the raccoon about 9 a.m. and a Holden man driving behind the truck stopped his 2006 Nissan Sentra, Boyd said.

The Sentra was then hit by a 2011 GMC pickup truck, driven by another Holden man, that pushed the Sentra into a school bus, and then a fourth vehicle ran into the stopped pickup, the corporal said. There were no passengers on the bus.

The fourth vehicle, a 1996 Ford F-150 driven by a third Holden man, and the Sentra were so damaged they needed to be towed, Boyd said. No charges are pending, he said.

The school bus, a Cyr Bus Lines vehicle, and the GMC pickup were able to drive away, Boyd said.

“It was a mess,” the corporal said.

One lane of the city’s major thruway was closed to traffic for about 45 minutes, Boyd said.