Maine Turnpike

Mile Marker 5 Fatal Crash Update

 Tractor trailer crashMaine State Police have learned that two people died in the crash that occurred on Jan. 12, 2021.

 As a result of reconstruction and investigative efforts, police learned that a major police incident that was being investigated on the southbound side of I-95 caused traffic to slow on the northbound side. A Freightliner tractor-trailer loaded with large paper rolls being driven by Lakhveer Gill, 40, of Brantford, Ontario was traveling north, behind him was a 2014 Lexus RX230, driven by Geoffrey Gattis, 68, with his wife Elizabeth Gattis, 68, in the passenger seat, both of Falmouth. Both vehicles had slowed down, when an unloaded tractor-trailer driven by David Herring, 38, of South Portland, failed to recognize traffic had slowed and struck the Lexus from behind. The force of the impact pushed the car into the back of the first tractor-trailer, crushing the smaller vehicle. Both occupants were found deceased.

The investigation is ongoing. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. Once the investigation is complete, it will be reviewed by the York District Attorney’s Office.

 

I-95 Wrong-Way Driver

Saab Maine State Police are investigating a crash caused by a wrong way driver on I-95.

On Sept. 20, 2020 at approximately 2:09 p.m., Augusta Regional Communication Center received a complaint of a wrong way driver traveling north bound in the south bound lane around mile marker 58 on the Maine Turnpike in Cumberland. 

Two minutes later, several callers stated that the pickup struck several vehicles just north of the Cumberland service plaza. 
Upon arrival, Troopers discovered there were five vehicles involved in the crash. A witness reported the red Chevy Silverado pickup left the Cumberland service plaza and drove north in the south bound lane striking the vehicles within a half mile of the plaza. The operator of the Chevy pickup was a 73-year-old male who is not believed to be impaired. Both the operator of the pickup and Saab received minor injuries. Amazingly, no one else was injured. No charges are expected at this time.
 

Turnpike Crash

Turnpike CrashOn September 30, 2020 at approximately 1:27 a.m., David Hand (28), of New Jersey, fell asleep and drove off the roadway to the right striking the guardrail in the area of mile marker 77 northbound on the Turnpike in Auburn. Hand was operating a tractor trailer unit that was hauling produce. The tractor trailer unit rolled over and down the embankment. The operator was able to get out of the truck on his own accord. Hand was transported to Central Maine Medical Center for further evaluation. Lewiston Fire Department and United Ambulance Service responded. The extent of his injuries were non-life threatening. The right lane of the Turnpike was shut down for an extended amount of time.

Summer 2020 Press Release

2020 Press release

 

Maine Turnpike Fatal Accident

A Massachusetts man died in a crash on the Maine Turnpike earlier today.
 
On Aug. 30, 2020, Maine State Police were called to a fatal crash at Mile Marker 18 on the Maine Turnpike (Between York and Wells, Maine). As a result of the investigation, Troopers learned that Eric Fishman, 62, of Danvers, Mass. had driven off the road at Mile Marker 18 southbound. His vehicle collided with the supports of a turnpike sign. Speed and weather are considered to be factors in the crash. Fishman was the only occupant in the crash.
 

Ring Found in Turnpike Service Area

On Aug. 17, 2020, Maine State Police in Troop G was notified that a good Samaritan found a lost ring at the Kennebunk Service Plaza located on the Maine Turnpike. 

If you are the owner of the missing ring, please call the Augusta Regional Communications Center at 207-624-7076 x9 and ask to speak with the Troop G supervisor on duty. Be prepared to describe the ring or provide proof of ownership. Thank you. 

Lewiston Fatal Accident

Lewiston CrashState Police say the man who died in a crash on the Maine Turnpike in Lewiston on April 27, 2020,  is 31 year old Joshua Lussier of Lewiston.  Troopers said Lussier was traveling at a high rate of speed in the northbound lane when his car struck guardrails.  He was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown out of the car. He died at the crash site. 

Troop G Weekly Report

On 03/23/2020, Tr. Duda responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 36 sb. The vehicle, driven by Sonia Castro Echaiz (39) of Sanford was traveling southbound at high speed and in inclement weather when she lost control of her vehicle, and slammed into trees. She was taken to Maine Medical Center for injuries sustained from the crash. 

On 03/23/2020, Tr. Duda responded to a single vehicle slide off at mile 32 northbound. The vehicle slid off into the ditch near mile 32 north bound during inclement weather. The vehicle did not sustain any damage and was towed back onto the roadway. The operator, Paulo Gomes Pinto (54) of Framingham, Massachusetts failed to turn his lights back on, and then drive across three lanes of traffic and was hit broad side by a Hannaford tractor trailer. Pinto was transported to Southern Maine Healthcare with non-life threatening injuries. 

RolloverOn 03/26/2020, Tr. Duda responded to a roll over crash on the exit 42 departure ramp. Trooper Duda arrived on scene and observed that an R.C. Moore tractor trailer failed to negotiate the curve and rolled over into the ditch. The cab of the truck was sliced through by the guard rail. The operator, Robert Skidgel (75) of Saco was able to walk away from the crash. The truck was hauling a load of French fries. Speed appears to have been a factor in the crash. Multiple units assisted at the scene. 

On 03/26/2020 Lt. Baker stopped Adam Dugal (38) of Bowdoin for traveling 102 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.  Lt. Baker was traveling south on I295 in Freeport at the time.  Dugal was summons accordingly.  
 

Troop G Weekly Report

Tpr. Welch stopped Hannah Dascanio (20) of Portland for criminal speed, 115mph in a 70mph zone, on the turnpike in Scarborough at Mile 42 northbound.

Tpr. Libritz stopped Jason Goan (34) of Parsonsfield for a vehicle defect. Goan’s license status was suspended for OUI and an unpaid fine. Tpr. Libritz summonsed Goan for OAS and a licensed passenger drove from the scene. 

York DrugsTpr. Darcy stopped a vehicle northbound on the turnpike in York. The roadside investigation led to the discovery of 217 grams of crack cocaine. As a result, Tanjia Moore (25) of Brooklyn, NY and a juvenile from Bronx, NY were both charged with Aggravated Trafficking Schedule W Drugs. Sgt. Porter and Cpl. Schmidt (Troop A) assisted.
 

On 03/09/2020 Tr. Steven Stubbs arrested Abdirahman Dahir Hassan (34) from Massachusetts for OUI.  Multiple reports had come into the Augusta RCC of poor operation.  Tr. Stubbs was able to locate the vehicle.  Hassan blew above the legal limit.  
 

Troop G Weekly Report

On 03/04/20 at approximately 2350 hours, Trooper LiBritz stopped a vehicle near mile 37 southbound for a plate light out. Upon further investigation it was determined the operator, EHREN DWORAK (49-Year-old male from Arundel), was on conditions of release and he had an active warrant for failure to appear. DWORAK was arrested on the warrant and transported to the York County Jail.

On 03-08-20, at approximately 0820 HRS, Tr. Hager stopped SEAN SPARFVEN, 38 years old of Providence, RI for speeding 87/70 mph zone in York.  Mr. Sparfven immediately admitted to never having a driver’s license.  Mr. Sparfven was issued a criminal summons for Operating without a License and a violation summons for speeding.  

3-4- Tpr. Darcy charged Jenna Kelly (33) of Biddeford with Operating after Suspension as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Wells.

Pinny3-5- Tpr. Darcy stopped a vehicle northbound on the turnpike in York. Criminal indicators were observed during the roadside investigation and Tpr. Wilkinson and K9 Pinny were called to the scene. K9 Pinny alerted to the odors of narcotics in the vehicle and a search was conducted. As a result, 101 grams of fentanyl was seized. Joseph Tardiff (26) of Blaine and Brian Keenan (41) of Caribou were both charged.

Tr. Physic summonsed Joseph Berard for Criminal Speed for traveling 84 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h construction zone. 

On March 8, 2020 Tr. Physic spotted a vehicle going northbound in the southbound lane near mm37.  Tr. Physic made several attempts along the way to intercept it.  Tr. Physic was finally able to get the driver’s attention enough where the vehicle stopped.  Tr. Physic arrested the driver, Joseph Neveux (23) for OUI.  Joseph took an intoxilyzer test at the Cumberland County Jail and blew over the legal limit. Cpl. Cote assisted.
 

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