Hearse driver hurt after falling asleep at wheel, rolling vehicle on I-95

Posted April 10, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The driver of a hearse was injured Thursday afternoon when he apparently fell asleep and the vehicle rolled over several times on Interstate 95 in Pittsfield, according to the Maine State Police.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said the crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the interstate.

He said that Trooper Joseph Chretien reported that the hearse overturned three or four times before coming to rest upright in the road.

The hearse, owned by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home in Ellsworth, was transporting a body, which remained in the vehicle, McCausland said. The body and casket were transferred to another hearse, he said.

McCausland said the driver was Michael Kelley, 55, of Salsbury Cove. Kelley was taken to Sebasticook Hospital in Pittsfield for treatment of injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Traffic in the northbound lanes was reduced to one lane as rescue personnel tended to the driver, McCausland said.