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MSP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) Describes Removal Process of Tractor Trailer from I-295

On January 17,…

Posted by Maine State Police on Thursday, January 18, 2024

A two vehicle crash at mile marker 17 northbound on I-295 in Yarmouth this morning, Jan. 17, involved a car and tractor trailer.

From Maine State Police:

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at approximately 9:05 am, Maine State Police responded to a two vehicle crash at mile marker 17 northbound on I-295 in Yarmouth. Initial investigation indicates a tractor trailer was traveling northbound in the travel lane when the driver hit a patch of snow, lost control, struck a jersey barrier, bounced off and struck the median jersey barrier, causing the trailer to detach from the tractor, blocking both lanes of traffic. While this was occurring, the driver of a 2016 Honda Sonata was traveling northbound in the passing lane when the tractor, which became detached from the tractor, landed on the rear of her car causing both the car and tractor to flip around and come to rest facing the wrong direction of travel. The driver of the car was able to self-extricate and she was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer, 55-year-old Jerry Freeman of Lakeport, New Hampshire was not injured. The tractor trailer is registered to Xpress Natural Gas out of Montrose, PA. The unit was hauling natural gas cylinders which will need to be off loaded. Traffic is being diverted at Exit 17 in Yarmouth. The road closure is expected to last for about four hours.

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