UPDATE: Van and tractor trailer crash, truck spills hundreds of plywood sheets

UPDATE: State Police now say a tractor-trailer may have been following too close Wednesday morning when it collided with a van along Route 3 in China.  Both vehicles were headed west toward Augusta when the van slowed down to make a left-hand turn. The truck swerved and collided into the side of the van, sending it into the woods.  

Police say the driver of the van is 49-year-old Pamela Page of Palermo, who was taken to Maine General and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was trapped in the Chrysler Town and Country van for almost an hour as firefighters to cut the doors off the van to free her. The truck driver is 46-year-old James Butler of Liberty. He owns the truck and was not injured.  

 Troopers investigated the crash and the road was closed until 12:30 pm, when one lane reopened. Work continued through the afternoon picking up the plywood and also cleaning up about 60 gallons of diesel fuel which spilled from the truck’s fuel tanks.

Police say a representative from the district attorney’s office responded to the crash and no decision has been made on whether charges may be filed.  The full crash report will be reviewed by them once it is completed.     

CHINA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Route 3 in China closed Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer and van crashed. 

State Police said a woman driving a van was taken to Maine General Hospital in Augusta with serious injuries after being pinned inside her car. 

The tractor-trailer, which was hauling hundred of sheets of plywood, overturned spilling the wood in the roadway. 

Wreckers were on scene to move the truck, van and remove the plywood from the road. 

State Police said one lane of Route 3 should be open by noon. 

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