Truck creams car in breakdown lane
TOPSHAM — The Maine State Police continue to search for a commercial truck they believe crossed into the breakdown lane and struck an empty, broken down car Thursday night on Interstate 295 in Topsham.
Trooper Chris Rogers said state police received a call shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday from a 19-year-old Bowdoinham woman who reported that her black Ford Mustang was broken down on the interstate. She told police it was in a safe location and that she would call a tow truck to remove it. The car was located just south of the Route 201 overpass on I-295 southbound.
About four hours later, at 10:25 p.m., state police received a call from a driver passing by who saw what the driver believed to be the remnants of a crash. The driver reportedly stopped, but didn’t see anyone around and feared the driver might have been ejected.
State police realized it was the broken-down car from earlier in the night. Police believe a large commercial vehicle struck the brokendown car in the breakdown lane and kept driving, Rogers said.
The collision peeled back the whole side of the Mustang, according to Rogers. The truck left behind a metal step to the truck’s running board, which was ripped off during the crash.
State police issued a “be on the lookout” alert to the toll booths south of the crash, but the truck had not located as of press time.
The owner of the Mustang said she bought the car for $6,500 and had just registered the vehicle Wednesday. Rogers said she did call a tow truck driver to retrieve the car, about three minutes before local law enforcement separately contacted her and the tow truck driver about the crash.
If police locate the driver, Rogers said, he or she could be charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident or failing to report an accident by the quickest means.
Witnesses with information about the incident can call Maine State Police at 624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664.