June 19, 2018
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Downtown crash flips Portland city vehicle, sends two to the hospital

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Two people were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a crash on Franklin Street Arterial flipped a Portland city utility vehicle, crushing its roof.

Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday a taxi traveling south on the prominent city throughway turned into the path of a municipal Department of Public Services GMC utility vehicle traveling north.

“The taxicab failed to yield, struck the city vehicle, and the city vehicle flipped over on the median strip,” Sweatt said.

The taxi driver and a passenger were examined by Portland Fire and Rescue Department medical staff on the scene and refused transportation to the hospital, while the two occupants of the city utility vehicle were taken to the hospital with what Sweatt described as injuries that were not life-threatening.

Sweatt said that in addition to crushing the roof of the city vehicle, likely totaling it, the crash caused extensive damage to the right front quarter of the taxi. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and traffic was restricted on Franklin Street Arterial from Congress Street to Middle Street for more than an hour.

Sweatt said no charges have been filed in relation to the incident, but noted that it remains under investigation. He did not release the identities of the occupants of the vehicles involved.

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