Hampden man hospitalized after single-vehicle accident on I-95

A victim is tended to by passers-by after a van crashed on Interstate 95 on Thursday morning.
Nick McCrea | BDN
A victim is tended to by passers-by after a van crashed on Interstate 95 on Thursday morning.
Posted May 01, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
Last modified May 01, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.

CARMEL, Maine — A Hampden man was injured Thursday morning when the van he was driving veered off Interstate 95, state police said.

Orlando Hernandez-Rivera, 29, was traveling southbound in an Acadia Home Care van when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, Trooper Andrew Peirson said.

The accident occurred at mile marker 171 at 10:30 a.m., Peirson said.

Upon losing control, the van veered off the left-hand side of the road, struck a rock wall and flipped over, the trooper said. Hernandez-Rivera was wearing his seat belt, which likely prevented serious injury.

Peirson said Hernandez-Rivera’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The van was demolished in the accident, and one lane of the interstate was shut down for about 45 minutes.

Peirson said driver fatigue was the main factor in the accident.

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