Trucker crashes into woods in I-95 median in Palmyra

A tractor-trailer sits in the median along Interstate 95 near the Pittsfield and Palmyra town lines on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The driver was uninjured.
Alex Barber
A tractor-trailer sits in the median along Interstate 95 near the Pittsfield and Palmyra town lines on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The driver was uninjured.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 31, 2013, at 9:26 a.m.

PALMYRA, Maine — A 77-year-old truck driver was uninjured after he crashed his tractor-trailer into the woods in the median along Interstate 95 early Thursday morning.

Charles McAlpine of Levant told Maine State Police Trooper Joseph Chretien that a vehicle cut him off.

“He was coming down here probably 4 o’clock [Thursday] morning,” said Chretien. “He said he got cut off, lost control of it when he got it over on the side and ran it into the woods.

“He’s OK. The truck’s trashed, but he’s not hurt,” Chretien said.

Although the driver said he was cut off, there were no skid marks and no signs that the trucker turned, said Chretien.

“It’s a straight path right off the road,” he said.

The semi-truck was heading northbound on I-95 and crashed near the Pittsfield and Palmyra town lines.

Two large tow trucks were used to remove the semi from the woods. The effort took nearly an hour and a half.

“It took two heavy duty commercial wreckers from T&W to pull it out,” said Chretien.

The Department of Environmental Protection was called to the scene because a small tank containing diesel fuel ruptured and partially spilled, said Chretien.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/31/news/mid-maine/trucker-unhurt-after-crashing-into-woods-on-i-95-in-palmyra/ printed on July 31, 2014