A traffic jam caused by a minor accident on Interstate 295 in Portland on Wednesday morning led to another multi-vehicle accident that sent a woman to the hospital.
At approximately 7:40 a.m., Maine State Troopers responded to an accident involving two vehicles at Southbound Exit 6B on I-295 in Portland. Given its location, this accident caused traffic to back up in Falmouth, according to Shannon Moss of the Maine Department of Public Safety.
About 40 minutes later, soldiers responded to a secondary accident in the southbound No. 1 lane on the Tukey Bridge. During heavy commuter traffic, a 2016 Toyota RAV4, driven by Jessica Bryant, 20, of Brunswick, struck the rear of a GMC pickup that pushed the truck into the breakdown median, Moss said.
Bryant’s vehicle continued south and struck a Toyota 4Runner which in turn struck a Kia small sedan. The Toyota 4Runner was then pushed into a Subaru in lane #2. Bryant’s Toyota RAV4 was disabled and remained in passing lane No. 1 while other vehicles were pushed into the recovery lane, according to state police.
Portland Police and Portland Fire Department arrived and treated Bryant’s injuries and she was eventually transported to Maine Medical Center. Police described his injuries as “non-life threatening”.
Soldiers handled commuter traffic by “pushing the cruiser” from Bryant’s disabled vehicle that was blocking all southbound traffic toward the breakdown lane along the bridge. The vehicle was then towed.
Witnesses told police that Bryant used his cellphone before the crash, which was believed to be a contributing factor to the major accident, Moss said. The Brunswick woman was questioned at the hospital by investigators and summoned for operating a motor vehicle while inappropriately using a portable electronic device or cell phone.
Troopers remind commuters to remain alert at all times to slow or stop traffic while traveling on Interstate 295 in the Portland area.
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