Mechanical problem blamed for I-95 rollover in Bangor, police say

A GMC Envoy SUV is righted after rolling over in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Bangor Jan. 3, 2012.
Gabor Degre | BDN
A GMC Envoy SUV is righted after rolling over in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Bangor Jan. 3, 2012.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 10:42 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A front stabilizer bar that came loose is being blamed for a rollover crash on Interstate 95 Tuesday morning that sent the vehicle’s driver to a hospital emergency room, Maine State Police Trooper Chris Hashey said.

Tracy St. John, 38, of Bangor was driving her green 2004 GMC Envoy south around 10:30 a.m. when the accident occurred.

“She lost control and struck the guardrail on the left side of the highway and rolled over,” Hashey said.

When asked what caused the accident, the trooper said St. John could not control her SUV.

“It looks like the sway bar became disconnected,” Hashey said.

The vehicle came to rest on its roof in the middle of the roadway near the Kenduskeag Stream overpass.

St. John, who was the lone occupant of the Envoy, was changing lanes from the travel lane to the passing lane when she lost control of the vehicle, Hashey said. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center by ambulance and was conscious in the emergency room when the trooper went to check on her about 1½ hours after the crash.

A hospital spokesman said at around 4 p.m. that she was discharged earlier in the day.

The southbound lane of the highway was closed for about an hour as Bangor police, fire and emergency crews cared for St. John, and turned over and removed the destroyed SUV, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

The rollover occurred in the southbound lane between the Broadway and Union Street exits.

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