An industrial truck this morning, Jan. 10, with 3 people inside crashed through a guardrail on Tukey’s Bridge in Portland. The truck landed in Casco Bay. Fortunately, there were only minor injuries.
From the Maine State Police:
On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at approximately 9:53 am, a 2011 Freightliner utility truck, owned by Tree’s R Us out of Illinois, was operating northbound along I-295 in Portland. The truck, operated by 51-year-old Niorge Arazo Marrero of Lakeland, Florida, was traveling in the left most lane. As he attempted to merge into the right lane, a vehicle that had been operating in lane 3, or the right most lane began merging at the same time. Niorge attempted to avoid the car and merge back, but due to another vehicle coming up from behind, he overcorrected and lost control of the truck. The truck then veered toward the right side of the roadway crossing all lanes of traffic on Tukey’s Bridge, before he broke through the guardrail and went over the embankment. The truck fell approximately 45 feet from the roadway to where it came to rest on its passenger side, partly on a paved pathway that had been submerged in water, in part because of the high tide and heavy rain. The roadway was wet at the time of the crash which is likely a factor. Niorge and two other occupants in the truck were wearing their seatbelts and were able to self-extricate themselves from the truck. All three occupants were transported to Maine Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Maine State Police was assisted on scene by the Portland Police Department, the Portland Fire Department, MaineDOT, DEP, Coast Guard, and National Wrecker Service.