Two tractor trailers collide, one bursts into flames in Kennebunk

Posted Feb. 24, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2013, at 2:44 p.m.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police say two men were taken to the hospital after their tractor trailers collided in the parking lot of the Kennebunk rest area along the Maine Turnpike on Saturday night, causing one of the trucks to burst into flames.

A truck driven by Don Johnson, 78, of East Corinth drove into a parked truck driven by Myles Whynot, 58, of New Brunswick as Johnson exited the Turnpike into the rest area at approximately 8:30 p.m., according to a news release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Police suspect Johnson may have suffered a diabetic seizure.

The impact caused the diesel fuel tanks on Johnson’s truck to burst into flames, but he was freed from the cab by others at the rest stop before the cab was engulfed. Johnson’s dog, who was in the truck with him, died in the fire.

The men were taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford with cuts and bruises; Johnson was treated for his medical condition, as well.

The rest stop remained open while firefighters doused the flames and Maine State Police investigated the crash, according to the release.

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