June 21, 2018
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Turnpike tractor-trailer rollover results in fuel spill, bottlenecks

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

KENNEBUNK, Maine — A tractor-trailer rollover Thursday evening resulted in a fuel spill and occasional traffic backups, according to the Maine State Police and the Maine Turnpike Authority.

The rollover happened about 6:30 p.m. in the turnpike’s northbound lanes, near mile marker 23, just over the Wells line, Trooper James Corbett said late Thursday night. He and public safety personnel were still at the accident scene at 10 p.m., at which time wreckers were removing the rig from the roadway.

Corbett said the accident happened after driver Alhaji Kanu, 29, of Dorchester, Mass., lost control of the tractor-trailer while transporting an empty shipping container. Kanu, who was en route to Rumford to pick up a load of paper, was not injured, Corbett said.

Kanu was charged with imprudent speed as a result of the accident, the trooper said. The speed limit on the turnpike was reduced to 45 mph when the accident occurred.

The truck belongs to JB Hunt, a transportation logistics company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Corbett said.

As a result of the accident, the cab’s fuel tank ruptured and an undetermined amount of diesel fuel was spilled, Corbett said. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was called to the accident scene to conduct a cleanup.

In a series of traffic alerts issued Thursday night, the Maine Turnpike Authority said that after the rollover, the cab of the tractor-trailer came to rest in the southbound passing lane and that the trailer stretched across all three travel lanes on the northbound side.

The flow of traffic was stop and go through much of the evening, Corbett said.

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