SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A woman was treated and then released at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H. for injuries that were not life-threatening after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of her car on Route 236.
Police dispatch said the young woman was headed north on Route 236 and coming to a stop to make a left turn onto Vine Street when she was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer around 10:15 a.m.
Dispatch reported the truck pushed her Dodge Intrepid about 150 feet and into the snowy embankment before coming to a stop.
Dispatch said the truck was believed to have been following too closely. The driver of the truck, which was carrying road salt for Forst Trucking Company of Gilmanton, N.H., was uninjured. The woman was able to get out of her car with some help from firefighters.
Some fuel from the tractor-trailer was spilled at the scene and hazardous materials equipment was brought in to clean it up.
Route 236 was unaffected by the accident, but northbound traffic was diverted down Academy Street. Later in the day, that portion of Route 236 was closed for a period of time as towing crews worked to remove both vehicles from the ditch. The road was reopened to traffic by 4:30 p.m.
In addition to South Berwick police and fire departments, Dover emergency services was also called to the crash and transported the woman to the hospital.
South Berwick and state police are investigating the crash. No criminal charges have been brought against the truck driver at this time.
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