May 25, 2018
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Three crashes cause four-mile bottleneck on I-95

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

SIDNEY, Maine — Three motor vehicle accidents Tuesday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 left three people injured and caused a four-mile traffic backup from Sidney to Augusta.

The three accidents occurred within an hour of each other and caused traffic delays for nearly three hours, Maine State Police Trooper Sean Kinney said Tuesday evening.

The first crash happened about 2:15 p.m. near mile marker 113 in Sidney when a 2000 Chevrolet driven by Betty Wing, 65, of Oakland drove off the edge of the highway and over a rumble strip, Kinney said, citing an accident report submitted by Trooper William Plourde.

When Wing pulled her car back onto the roadway she apparently overcorrected, traveling into the passing lane and sideswiping a 1993 Mack truck hauling a trailer of wood chips, Kinney said.

Wing then veered back into the traveling lane, off the highway and then into the median, where she struck a stand of trees. Her car came to a rest on its side. Extrication tools were needed to remove Wing and her passengers from the wrecked car, Kinney said.

Wing escaped injury but her passengers — 21-year-old Charity Wing, Melissa Bournival, 27, and Shirley Fleury, 44 — all were taken to a Waterville hospital for treatment, Kinney said.

Wing suffered leg injuries and Bournival and Fleury complained of pain. Additional information about the women’s medical conditions was not available late Tuesday night.

The truck driver, David Harvey, 63, of Litchfield was not hurt, Kinney said.

The second accident happened about half an hour later when a 2012 Subaru with only 900 miles on it, driven by Lora Wilford-McMannus, 51, of Industry, was struck from behind by a 2007 Chrysler sedan driven by 62-year-old Michael Parker of Waterville, Kinney said.

Parker said he was distracted by an ambulance that was coming up behind him, Kinney said.

Neither driver was injured, Kinney said. He said the Subaru had rear-end damage but Wilford-McMannus was able to drive it away. Parker’s car had significant front-end damage and had to be towed, he said.

Trooper Joe Chretien investigated the third crash, which happened about 3:15 p.m. when a 2004 Ford pickup driven by Raymond Vanantwerp, 41, of Winslow was rear-ended by a 2001 Ford sedan driven by Daniel Stottlemyer, 26, of Waterville, Kinney said.

No injuries were suffered in the third accident and both vehicles were damaged, Kinney said.

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