Seven Cars Involved in Accident on Interstate
White-out conditions just after noon Thursday contributed to an accident that involved seven vehicles, including three tractor trailers. One person was taken to the hospital, while all the other occupants refused medical treatment.
State Police Troopers Adam Bell and Timmy Saucier responded to the report of a multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in New Limerick just after noon Thursday. The accident began when a vehicle went off the southbound side of the interstate and crashed. That caused two tractor trailers to crash, and subsequently two more passenger vehicles hit the back of those big rigs. A third semi was able to navigate through most of the original crash scene, but ended up hitting two other passenger vehicles.
One person was taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his head, chest, and knee. All others involved in the crash refused medical treatment. The southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down for approximately an hour and a half while crews cleared the scene.
Police say damage ranged from some vehicles being a total loss to others having only small amounts of damage. All four passenger vehicles and one tractor trailer had to be towed from the scene.
The crash is still under investigation but police say white-out weather conditions and vehicles following too closely contributed to the crash. State Police, as always, urge motorists to reduce their speed and increase following distances in weather conditions such as those experienced on Thursday.