9-Vehicle Crash closes interstate in Bangor for several hours

TT Trucks and debrisOn March 18, 2022, at approximately 8:15, a person driving Dodge Caliber, swerved to avoid roadkill, over-corrected, and then rolled their vehicle into a ditch near mile marker 185 northbound (Broadway exit in Bangor). Minutes later, a secondary crash involving a tractor-trailer unit was called in, traffic came to a halt and Maine State Police Responded. A second tractor-trailer unit came around the bend and was unable to avoid the traffic that had come to a halt and struck several other vehicles, which in turn struck more vehicles, involving 9 vehicles in total.

Two people were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital, were treated and released. One person was transported by an employer.

The crash remains under investigation, but no charges are expected.
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Despite the magnitude of the crash, the busy location, and the number of vehicles involved, with the help of Bangor Fire, Maine DOT, Maine DEP, and the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit, authorities were able to open a lane of travel relatively quickly. The rest of the interstate was re-opened around 11:30 a.m.

Man with several felony warrants is arrested in Bangor after high speed chase through multiple towns

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Sunday, June 27, 2021 at approximately 3:39pm Maine State Police attempted to stop Chad Delano, 31, of Florida and Maine, on Route 2 in Etna, who previously led Piscataquis Sheriff’s Office, Dexter, and Newport police on high speed chases through their county and respective towns.  Delano failed to stop for a Trooper and continued into the town of Stetson.   The Trooper attempted to PIT the 2008 GMC Yukon Delano was operating. The  Trooper’s cruiser became disabled, and Delano continued to a residence on the Lapointe Road in Stetson, where he entered a residence and stole a vehicle.  

Maine State Police requested an air asset from the Maine Forest Service, who was able to follow Delano in the stolen vehicle onto Route 222 from Levant in Bangor.  Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputies were able to lay spikes, and after continuing through the city of Bangor, Delano pulled into the Circle K on Broadway, where he attempted to steal another vehicle before Troopers took him into custody.  

Delano was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after he told Troopers he ingested an unknown substance.  Delano was brought to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and booked on the outstanding warrants, and will be charged with eluding an officer, passing a roadblock, driving to endanger, burglary and theft.  

Maine State Police report no injuries. 

I-95 Bangor Fatal Crash

Bangor I95 CrashMaine State Police responded to a fatal crash on the I-95 NB 186 off ramp to Stillwater Avenue in Bangor on September 26, at approximately 9:22 a.m. 

Corporal Chris Hashey responded to the scene as the primary investigator, and as a result of the investigation learned that James Rice, 38, of Bangor, ME, was driving a silver 2005 BMW north on I-95 in Bangor and exited at Exit 186 to Stillwater Avenue.  As Rice exited the interstate, his vehicle failed to negotiate the right hand curve and travelled off the roadway and down an embankment, striking a tree.  The impact of the tree was to the driver’s side door area of his vehicle.  The causation of the accident remains under investigation.

Rice, who was wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle.  

Maine State Police was assisted at the scene by the Bangor Fire Department.

The off-ramp was closed to traffic for approximately 2 hours.

This is all of the information that is available at this time.

Houlton PD Issues Silver Alert for 86-year-old man UPDATE: He has been located

Kenneth Butler, 86, of Houlton, 5’ 7”, and 202 lbs, with white hair and brown eyes

UPDATE: Mr. Butler was located in Bangor.

The Houlton Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Kenneth Butler. Mr. Butler is 86-years-old, 5’ 7”, and 202 lbs, with white hair and brown eyes. Mr. Butler may be wearing beige pants and a denim John Deer hat. He was last seen at his home in Houlton around 2 a.m. this morning. He may be driving a tan 2017 Lexus bearing the Maine plate 70101. He may be headed toward the Bangor area. Mr. Butler may be confused or disoriented. If you see him, please call the Houlton Police Department at 207-532-2287.

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