Five-car crash near Exit 43 causes multiple injuries and leads to arrest

Dan Smith

Five vehicles collided near Exit 43 on Interstate 295 in Richmond. Traffic stopped for about 30 minutes on Friday night. Photos posted

RICHMOND — One arrest was made Friday night after an individual who was driving under the influence caused a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 295 near the Richmond exit, injuring several others said the police. The first crash occurred at about 9:25 pm, and a Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested on suspicion of manipulating under the influence of Stephen Trask, 39, of Topsham. According to police, Trask showed signs of impaired driving when his vehicle crashed into his unit with a tractor and his trailer. Trask's car, the Nissan Altima, shook the trailer portion of the truck, causing Trask to lose control of the car and exit the median driveway near Exit 43. state public security agency. After the first collision, three other vehicles were involved in secondary collisions as the lead vehicle, the Honda Accord, slowed in the area of ​​the first collision. A third vehicle, a Toyota Camry, still traveling at highway speeds, collided with the Subaru Impreza before the second Subaru Impreza struck the rear of the Honda Accord, causing minor damage. .

Five vehicles collided near Exit 43 on Interstate 295 in Richmond Friday night. Photos posted

Moss said the driver of the Honda Accord was not injured, but all passengers in the Subaru Impreza were injured. One of the Subaru's back seat passengers was a 17-year-old who was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Moss said three of his other crew members suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota Camry was treated for minor injuries by EMS services at the scene. Moss said traffic was cut off and diverted out of Exit 43 for about 30 minutes before Topsham, Gardiner and Richmond fire departments were dispatched to the scene. Moss said Saturday afternoon that the crash was still under investigation.

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