Car fire causes 2 separate pile-up crashes on I-95 near Sidney

  • Source: NECN
  • Published: 09/08/2023 12:00 AM

PHOTO: As traffic backed up on Interstate 95 on central Maine for a car fire Wednesday, two separate chain-reaction crashes took place down the highway, sending five people to the hospital, police said. Four vehicles were involved in each crash, police said Thursday — a big-rig truck that slammed into three cars ahead of it, closing the highway, and an SUV that did the same about a mile back at about the same time. The car fire that initially backed up traffic was reported about 3:40 p.m. in Sidney, police said. Smoke poured from the fully engulfed Chrysler 300 — the driver was able to pull over and get out safely and one lane of traffic was closed. About seven minutes later, the truck, an 18-wheeler carrying debris, wasn't able to slow down fast enough to avoid hitting the vehicles in front of it, police said.


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