Blinding Sun, Slippery Roads Cause Maine Crash Involving 30 Cars
Blinding sun and slippery roads make for a bad combination. That’s exactly what happened in Maine early this morning.
Police told WMUR that a portion of I-95 in Carmel, Maine, had to be shut down after a massive pileup.
WMUR reported that 30 cars were involved in the crash, with some drivers sustaining serious injuries. The highway was closed, with drivers being diverted to Exit 157 in Newport, for about four hours this morning.
According to WMTW meteorologist Ted McInerney, a snow shower that moved through early this morning could have contributed to the crash.
Maine Dept. of Public Safety spokesperson Stephen McCausland told Seacoast Online that several ambulances and a helicopter were dispatched to the site of the crash. McCausland says that initial reports were that 60 cars were involved, but a more accurate number is around 30.
According to WMUR, the massive collision caused backups for more than three hours. Luckily there were no fatalities, but one person did need to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries, and several other people were taken to nearby hospitals.
This is not the first time that this stretch of road has proved dangerous. Seacoast Online says that a pileup involving 102 cars on I-95 in Maine occurred after a light snow back in February of 2015.