It happens alot. There’s an accident on the highway. Rescue vehicles rush to the scene with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Other drivers on the road move out of the way and let the rescue vehicles make their way to the crash. That’s the way it should be, but on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, things didn’t exactly work out the way they should have following an accident on I-95 North in Hamden, Maine.
According to a report in the Bangor Daily News, the driver of the car involved in the first accident lost control of his vehicle as he was heading north on I-95, causing it to careen across the roadway. The car rolled over, became airborne, and landed on its side about 25 feet off the the northbound side of the highway.
“This accident occurred first, and that one over there occurred second,” Trooper Michael Johnston said from the scene of the rollover. “When fire and rescue units responded, traffic didn’t heed their [emergency] lights” and crashed into each other.
Rescue vehicles approaching the accident scene from the southbound side of the highway slowed down at an emergency turnaround in order to reach the crash site. Unfortunately, some drivers on I-95 South didn’t notice the emergency vehicles slowing down in front of them and that inattention led to a three car crash in the southbound lanes. This second crash was not a serious accident, with mostly minor damage to the cars involved, but it did back up traffic for more than an hour.
A passenger in the car involved in the first accident was injured seriously enough to be transported to a local hospital. (Neither occupant of that vehicle were wearing seat belts.) One person from the second crash was also sent to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.