June 24, 2018
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Wrong-way driver on I-95 turns out to be good Samaritan

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

ARGYLE, Maine — A reported wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 early Thursday evening turned out to be helping another driver, according to Maine State Police.

The woman, whose name was not available, saw in her rearview mirror a Connecticut man lose control of his car and go into the median at about 5 p.m. Thursday, Sgt. Sean Hashey said late Thursday.

“She turned around in the breakdown lane next to the median and drove north to offer aid to the driver and the passenger,” he said. “We got quite a few calls about a wrong-way driver.”

George Cote, 69, and his wife, Antoinette Cote, 66, both of Hebron, Conn., were heading south on I-95 when the left-rear tire blew out, according to Hashey. George Cote lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Impala near mile marker 205 in Argyle, where the speed limit is 75 miles-per-hour.

“He went off the road into the median, up over some rocks and came to rest against some small alder trees,” Hashey said.

George Cote was not injured, but his wife was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center complaining of back pain, he said.

Both were wearing seatbelts.

Hashey said that drivers should call for assistance rather than turn around and drive the wrong way on the Interstate, even if they are in a break-down lane.

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