ORONO, Maine — Two accidents eight miles apart in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, including a rollover of a FedEx truck due to hydroplaning, kept state police busy on Tuesday evening.

The first accident was reported at Mile 192, just north of the Kelly Road exit, around 6 p.m., according to State Police Lt. Sean Hashey.

Terry Smith, 56, of Pittsfield lost control of the FedEx truck he was driving on the wet roadway and went off the right side of the highway, Hashey said.

Smith’s truck rolled over once and he had to be extricated from the vehicle but his injuries were not considered serious. Hashey said he was wearing a seat belt.

Smith was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for neck and back injuries, Hashey said.

About two hours after the Orono crash was reported, troopers responded to a four-car accident in the area of Union Street in Bangor, according to Hashey.

Hashey said the trouble occurred when a vehicle slowed for a lane closure in the area of the Union Street overpass construction, and a car behind it could not stop in time, causing a chain reaction.

None of the drivers in that accident required trips to the hospital, the lieutenant said.

With heavy rain expected over the next couple days, Hashey is encouraging drivers to slow down to avoid hydroplaning.


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