AUGUSTA, Maine — State police responded to a noontime three-vehicle crash involving a dump truck in the northbound lane of I-95 in Augusta that sent one woman to the hospital with serious injuries, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Katrina Heald-Richards, 54, of Fairfield was seriously injured in the crash when she was struck from behind by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Nichole Pilla, 27, of Oakland, McCausland said in a statement after speaking to Maine State Police Lt. Aaron Hayden.
“The impact pushed Heald-Richards’ car into the back of the dump truck [in front of her] and trapped her in the car,” McCausland said.
Heald-Richards, who was driving a late model Toyota sedan, had slowed after the dump truck, driven by Sherwood Kemp, 55, of Leeds, had slowed in traffic because of an unrelated car fire in the breakdown lane.
“Heald-Richards was freed from the car and taken to MaineGeneral in Augusta with serious injuries,” McCausland said. “Kemp and Pilla received minor injuries and were not transported.”
Augusta Fire and state police responded to the scene and shut down the northbound lane. Northbound traffic was backed up for about two hours after the crash, with vehicles using the breakdown lane to get around the crash scene.
While traffic was moving at a slow crawl for part of the afternoon, lanes reopened at about 3:15 p.m., according to McCausland.
“The crash investigation continues,” he said. “Trooper Michael Pion is the lead investigator at this time.”