3 big trucks among vehicles that crash on slippery I-95

Posted Feb. 04, 2009, at 10:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Accidents involving three large trucks that went off Interstate 95 early Wednesday were among about a dozen in the area that kept state police busy just before and during the morning commute.

None of the accidents resulted in serious injury, according to Maine State Police Trooper Adam Coover.

Although only a few inches of snow fell overnight, it was enough to make travel tricky on area roads, especially I-95, where most of the accidents occurred.

“It doesn’t take much,” Coover said. “Most of it is driving at speeds too high for road conditions.”

The first truck accident occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes just south of the Hampden rest area, when a flatbed hauling a load of lumber to Home Depot slid off the road and rolled.

Driver Ernest Rollins, whose age and home weren’t available Wednesday, was not injured, but the truck he was driving, owned by TMC Transportation of Des Moines, Iowa, had at least $50,000 in damage, Coover said.

Because of the truck’s position relative to the highway and the amount of lumber that needed to be offloaded onto other trucks, Coover said, the truck would not be removed from the highway until today.

The next accident happened two hours later in the southbound lanes near the Medway exit, when the driver of a tractor-trailer, who earlier had delivered a load of wood chips, glanced down briefly and found himself leaving the road, Coover said.

The driver’s name was not available Wednesday afternoon.

Coover said the truck, which belongs to S & S Transportation Inc. of Lincoln, had only minimal damage.

The third truck accident was reported about 9 a.m. in the southbound lanes in the Carmel-Etna area. Coover said Logan MacDonald, 26, of Bangor was driving a Clean Harbors tank truck when he came upon a minor accident that left vehicles blocking his way.

Rather than hit them, MacDonald drove his truck off the highway, Coover said. The trooper said there was no damage to the tank truck, which was empty at the time.

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