Tractor-Trailer Collision on the Interstate in Dyer Brook
State Police say two tractor-trailers that collided on I-95 in southern Aroostook County Tuesday were traveling too fast for the weather and road conditions.
The crash happened in Dyer Brook shortly after noontime. Police say 46-year-old Beltier Marin of North Providence, Rhode Island was headed south in an unloaded car carrier and was being followed by 51-year-old Robert Hamilton of Palmyra in a tractor-trailer loaded with ash forest products.
Both drivers were passing vehicles and Marin was attempting to merge back into the travel lane when he lost control of his rig, according to Lt. John Cote. Marin's carrier started to jackknife, and Hamilton struck the back of the empty trailer.
The impact swung Marin’s vehicle around and it ended up the median facing north, while Hamilton’s rig wound up deep in the snow on the left side of the highway. There was wet snow falling at the time, and the speed limit on the Interstate was reduced to 45 mph.
Lt. Cote said both drivers were wearing seat belts and Hamilton complained of pain to his neck and shoulder areas.
I- 95 south in Dyer Brook was reduced to one lane for several hours Tuesday afternoon while the accident was cleared.