Evening commute marked by two crashes on Maine Turnpike

Posted Aug. 14, 2013, at 9:20 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A pair of pileups — one involving five vehicles and the other involving two — on Wednesday evening resulted in no serious injuries, though one of them resulted in significant traffic delays, a Maine State Police trooper said.

The first accident occurred near Exit 4 during a period of heavy traffic, Trooper Doug Cropper said Wednesday night.

Cropper said that a motorist stopped in the northbound travel lane about 5:15 p.m. upon encountering a bottleneck.

While the three drivers following the first car slowed down and stopped as well, a fifth driver failed to do so, hitting the rear end of the vehicle ahead, which resulted in a domino effect collision involving all five vehicles, he said. The pileup resulted in damage to the vehicle involved but no injuries.

That accident reduced travel to two lanes for more than an hour, the trooper said.

The second crash happened at the Exit 5, or Congress Street, merge point in Portland about 6:23 p.m., when a woman stopped her vehicle while waiting to get onto the highway and was struck from behind by another driver, Cropper said.

The woman whose car was rear-ended complained of pain at the accident scene but did not require a trip to the hospital, Cropper said, adding that the second collision did not affect the flow of traffic, which had returned to normal by that time.

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