Multi-vehicle accident shuts down lane on I-95 southbound on Labor Day

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 02, 2013, at 6:57 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A multi-vehicle accident that tied up southbound traffic on Interstate 95 around mile marker 180 for two hours on Labor Day most likely was caused when the driver of a 2008 Chevy Equinox had a medical event, according to Maine State Police.

Names of the drivers were not released Monday.

A man from Belfast was driving the SUV north in the right lane on I-95 about 3:15 p.m. Monday when he suddenly swerved into the left lane and crossed the median, Trooper Forrest Simpson said. As he crossed the left lane, the Equinox struck a 2007 GMC pickup truck driven by a man from Hampden.

The SUV crossed the median and struck head on a 2010 Ford pickup truck driven by a man from Rockland, Simpson said.

The driver and the female passenger in the Equinox were transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, he said. The driver of the 2010 truck was transported to a local hospital by friends. Both vehicles had to be towed.

The driver of the GMC pickup was not injured, the trooper said. The truck received minor damage and returned to the road.

Simpson said that neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.

The trooper said that he expected more information, including the names of those involved, would be released Tuesday.

One southbound lane of I-95 was slowed to holiday traffic between 3:15 and 5:15 p.m., Simpson said.

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