Accident causes major tie-ups on I-95 in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At noon Thursday State Police responded to a 3 vehicle pile-up on the northbound lane of Interstate 95 in Augusta just north of the mile 113 exit ramp.

The driver of a dump truck, Sherwood Kemp, 55, from Leeds had slowed in traffic due to a unrelated car fire in the breakdown lane. The late model Toyota sedan that was following the truck driven by Katrina Heald-Richards, 54, from Fairfield also slowed in traffic when it was struck from behind by a Jeep Cheorkee driven by Nichole Pilla, 27, from Oakland. The impact pushed Heald-Richards' car into the back of the dump truck and trapped her in the car.

Augusta Fire and State Police responded to the scene shutting down the northbound lane. Heald-Richards was freed from the car and taken to MaineGeneral in Augusta with serious injuries. Kemp and Pilla received minor injuries and were not transported by EMS from the scene.

The crash investigation continues. Trooper Michael Pion is the lead investigator at this time. Northbound traffic on the Interstate was backed up for about two hours following the crash, with vehicles using the breakdown lane to get around the crash site.


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