Woman avoids serious injury after tractor-trailer strikes her car in South Portland

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A woman escaped major injury Tuesday morning after her car was hit by a tractor-trailer on the Maine Turnpike spur in South Portland, police said.

The crash near Main Street occurred at about 8 a.m., Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

The woman’s name was not disclosed.

The woman’s vehicle was struck from behind by a gasoline-hauling rig driven by Frederick Smith of Kennebunk, McCausland said. The impact forced the smaller car into a pickup truck. The car was demolished.

McCausland said Smith told state police he was blinded by the sun. He was not charged in the incident.