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Turnpike driver killed when tractor trailer collided with SUV in Kittery


A woman driving an SUV on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery died after a tractor trailer crashed through guardrails, crossed the median, and collided head on with her oncoming vehicle at mile 2, the Maine State Police reported.

The crash, which took place about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, led to closure of one of three northbound lanes as Troopers investigated the crash. Police questioned the driver of the truck, which was hauling paper products.

Troopers said the truck driver is Daniel Dunlea, 58, of Londonderry, N.H., who was driving a tractor trailer for Reas Trucking.

The driver of the SUV was killed instantly, police said. She is from out of state, the Maine State Police reported. Police were in the process of notifying relatives Thursday.

State Police reported that traffic was backed up into New Hampshire along the northbound lane following the crash, and the backup was expected to last through the evening commute.

A team of troopers from the State Police's commercial vehicle enforcement unit joined the investigation and were expected to examine the truck and interview the driver.



Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 23:17

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Casco man seriously hurt in car/pedestrian accident

A Casco man was taken by Life-Flight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with critical injuries following a car-vs.-pedestrian crash on Route 11 in Casco, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office reported.
On Thursday at 10:55 a.m., Deputy Kim Emery responded to the area of 469 Poland Spring Road in Casco for a car/pedestrian accident. Heidi Bernier, 42, of Raymond was operating a Chevy PT Cruiser, traveling southwest on Poland Spring Road, the sheriff's office reported.
Richard Crossman, 60, of Casco was walking on the Poland Spring Road in a southwesterly direction and was struck by the vehicle, the sheriff's office reported.
Bernier was treated and released on scene. The accident and cause remains under investigation and is being reconstructed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 23:19

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Sheriff's office: Boston woman arrested with pot, OxyContin

A Boston woman was arrested this week, following a traffic stop, and charged with aggravated trafficking, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and exceeding the posted speed limit, police reported.9-19-14-CCSO-Barbosa

At approximately 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, a vehicle was stopped for exceeding the posted speed limit on Route 26 in Gray, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office reported. During the stop, Deputy Matt Tufts detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. Deputy Tufts, who has a certified drug detection K-9, performed a search of the vehicle and found a usable amount of marijuana along with approximately 900 OxyContin pills packaged in small bags, the sheriff's office reported.

The driver, Carla Barbosa, 36, from Boston, was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking, a Class A crime; possession of a usable amount of marijuana; and exceeding the posted speed limit. Barbosa was held on $20,000 bail.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 01:06

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Lewiston woman sought after high-speed chase, crash

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has entered an investigation into Thursday morning's chase along the Maine Turnpike that ended in a crash in Portland.
The driver of the car — 24-year-old Ashley Gagne of Lewiston — was still at large on Thursday. Drug agents plan to question her when she is found, according to a Maine Department of Public Safety press release. Her passenger — 33-year-old Carlos Alcantara of Fitchburg, Mass., has been charged by drug agents with possessing bath salts. He was taken into custody walking along Washington Avenue, about three blocks from the where the car, he and Gagne were in, was abandoned, the press release reported. 9-19-14-MSP-Alcantara

The car was a rental vehicle from Massachusetts.

The high-speed chase on the Maine Turnpike Thursday morning ended in a crash on Allen Avenue in Portland. Trooper John Davis attempted to pull the car over for speeding in the Lewiston-Auburn area, but the vehicle sped up in the southbound lanes with speeds exceeding 100 mph, the Maine Department of Public Safety reported. The fleeing car took the Westbrook exit and ended up hitting a street sign on Allen Avenue, with both occupants running from the scene, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the MDEA at 800-452-6457.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 01:04

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