Tractor-trailer jackknifes on turnpike, slows southbound traffic

Posted Feb. 14, 2012, at 11:27 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2012, at 6:03 p.m.
A tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Maine Turnpike near the New Hampshire border, according to police, and disrupted the morning commute for hundreds of motorists in the southbound lanes Tuesday morning in Kittery. 55-year-old Paul Regan from New Hampshire told police he swerved his rig across the three lanes of traffic to avoid a collision with another tractor-trailer.
Maine Department of Public Safety
A tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Maine Turnpike near the New Hampshire border, according to police, and disrupted the morning commute for hundreds of motorists in the southbound lanes Tuesday morning in Kittery. 55-year-old Paul Regan from New Hampshire told police he swerved his rig across the three lanes of traffic to avoid a collision with another tractor-trailer.

KITTERY, Maine — A tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Maine Turnpike near the New Hampshire border Tuesday morning, according to police, tying up traffic during the busy morning commute.

The accident took place in the southbound lane just after 6 a.m. Tuesday just south of the York toll plaza, public safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release.

McCausland said in a later release that the truck’s driver, Paul Regan, 55, of New Hampshire, swerved his rig across the three-lane highway to avoid a collision with another tractor-trailer.

Regan’s truck slammed into the median concrete barrier and jackknifed, blocking two of the three southbound lanes.

The truck is owned by New England Motor Freight of New Jersey and the trailer was empty, the release said. Regan had left Scarborough just before the accident and was heading to North Reading, Mass.

Regan suffered minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment and later released, according to the release. The cab portion of Regan’s truck was demolished.

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