Two big rigs crash on turnpike, sending drivers to hospital

Two tractor-trailers crashed on the Maine Turnpike in Saco around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
Sgt. Corey Huckins | Maine State Police
Two tractor-trailers crashed on the Maine Turnpike in Saco around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
Posted Sept. 29, 2012, at 4:20 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 30, 2012, at 6:02 a.m.

SACO, Maine — Two tractor-trailers crashed in the southbound lane of the Maine Turnpike Friday night and the crumpled vehicles came to rest in the median, where firefighters had to use extrication equipment to remove one of the drivers who was trapped.

Benjamin Desjardins, 37, of Jay was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland after he was removed from the debris of the 9:30 p.m. collision, and was listed in critical condition on Saturday morning, a nursing supervisor said.

Darren Castonguay, 41, of Gray, who was driving the other tractor-trailer, was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford and is listed in stable condition, Trooper Kristopher Kennedy said.

“The roadway was tied up most of the night” and traffic was diverted to a shoulder, Jane Oldham, a dispatcher for the Maine Turnpike Authority said Saturday.

Members of Troop K’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and a Maine State Police reconstruction team are investigating the cause of the crash, Kennedy said.

“No charges have been filed at this time, however the crash is still under investigation,” the trooper said.

The force of the crash also damaged at least one fuel tank and fuel leaked into the soil of the median. Personnel from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection were contacted and are coordinating cleanup efforts with the Maine Turnpike Authority, Kennedy said.

The crash occurred at mile marker 34 and affected traffic in both the northbound and southbound lanes, the trooper said. The highway completely reopened 8 a.m.

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