September 29, 2012

Tractor-trailer collision on Maine Turnpike injures drivers

By Beth Quimby
Staff Writer

Two Maine truck drivers were injured, one critically, when their tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 95 in Biddeford Friday night.

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Two tractor-trailer trucks lie in the median of Interstate 95 in Biddeford on Friday night after they collided.

Photo by Sgt. Corey Huckins/Maine State Police

Maine State Trooper Kristopher Kennedy said the trucks, both fully loaded with cargo, were traveling south when they crashed at mile 34 at about 9:45 p.m. and came to rest in the median.

Benjamin Desjardins, 37, of Jay was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was in serious condition Saturday night.

Darren Castonguay, 41, of Gray was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, where he was treated and released.

The crash damaged the trucks' fuel tanks, which caused them to leak fuel into the soil of the median.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Turnpike Authority cleaned up the spill.

The highway was limited to one lane in both directions but there were no major backups. The scene was cleared at about 8 a.m. Saturday.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated. No charges have been filed, Kennedy said. 

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