Elderly man dies in Freeport crash

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 9:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 25, 2012, at 10:21 p.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — An elderly man who was driving in the wrong lane on Interstate 295 was killed instantly Tuesday evening when the car he was driving struck an oncoming car head-on.

The man’s name, age and hometown were being withheld late Wednesday night, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said in a news release.

The car he hit was driven by a woman who was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she was undergoing treatment for multiple injuries, none of them believed to be life threatening, he said.

The names of both drivers likely will be released Thursday morning, McCausland said.

According to McCausland, the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. in the southbound lane, near the Mallet Drive exit. The southbound lane was closed for almost two hours, backing traffic up into Brunswick. One lane reopened about 9 p.m.

State police received several calls about a car going the wrong way in Freeport just before the crash. Troopers are now attempting to determine where the car got on the interstate, but believe it was in Freeport.

The accident remains under investigation by a team of Maine State Police troopers, McCausland said.

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