BANGOR, Maine — A pair of multiple-vehicle crashes Thursday evening that involved seven vehicles on Interstate 95 resulted in minor injuries, thousands of dollars in damage and major traffic tie-ups.
“Traffic was backed up from Hogan [Road] to Hammond [Street],” Maine State Police Trooper Dave Yankowsky said Thursday night. The bottleneck in Bangor lasted at least half an hour, he said.
The first crash happened about 5:20 p.m. in the northbound traveling lanes, just before the Broadway exit, when a blue Pontiac driven by a yet-to-be identified driver abruptly slammed on his brakes, Trooper Chris Hashey of the Maine State Police said Thursday night.
That caused the driver of the 2003 Saturn behind him — 20-year-old Courtney Hafford of Bangor — to follow suit.
Angela Schmidt, 37, of Bangor, who was next in line in her 2003 Dodge pickup, was unable to stop and struck Hafford’s car from behind, pushing it into the blue Pontiac, Hashey said.
Schmidt’s pickup then was struck from behind by a 2012 Hyundai driven by Amanda Klausing, 20, of Newport, Hashey said.
Schmidt was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of neck pain. Further information about her medical condition was not immediately available, however, Hashey said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
The driver of the Pontiac drove away from the crash scene before police arrived, Hashey said.
“He just jumped out, gave his name and said he had to leave,” Hashey said. He said it appeared the name provided was false and that no witnesses had taken down his license plate number.
The second crash, which happened about 20 minutes later, was the result of the first crash and attributed to driver inattention, Yankowsky said.
Terry Voisine, 44, of St. Francis was heading north on I-95 when he reached the stretch of highway where traffic was backed up because of the accident, the trooper said.
Voisine, however, did not see the traffic jam ahead of him until it was too late because he was reaching for something in his GMC pickup, Yankowsky said.
Voisine struck the back end of a green Pontiac driven by Amber Shorey, 30, of Bangor, whose car was pushed into the back of a Ford sedan driven by Gilbert Rossignol, 44, of Medway, who had two passengers on board, 40-year-old John Rossignol and Charles Theriault, 48.
Shorey, the two Rossignols and Theriault all complained of pain at the crash scene. They were checked over by emergency medical personnel but declined ambulance rides to the hospital, Yankowsky said.
While state police still were sorting out the details surrounding the two crashes, they received a report of a vehicle going the wrong way in the northbound lanes at Hogan Road, Yankowsky said, but troopers in the area were unable to find it.