A truck driver from Mars Hill was lucky enough to escape injury after being involved in two separate incidents on Interstate 95 near Medway on Friday.


According to Maine State Police, at around 7 p.m. Friday night, 51-year-old Lance Vangel of Mars Hill was operating a truck on I-95, owned by Scamp’s Transport out of Houlton, when he saw a small flame underneath the dash of his rig.

Police say Vangel pulled the truck over at mile marker 251, just north of the Medway exit, and attempted to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful.

I-95 was shut down to traffic while fire crews from Medway and East Millinocket put out the blaze.

Charles Hoyt, also a driver for Scamp's Transport, picked up Vangel at the scene. Shortly thereafter, Hoyt’s truck left the interstate and went into the median.

Police say Hoyt suffered cuts to his forehead and was taken to Houlton regional Hospital for treatment. Vangel was not injured in either accident.

Both trucks are considered a total loss.

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