One person sent to hospital after truck falls off I-95 overpass in Howland

HOWLAND, Maine (WABI) – Police say a person was taken to hospital today after a truck carrying a trailer full of snowmobiles hit a patch of ice and flew off a I-95 overpass in Howland.

“We don’t come very often where they come off the highway and drop about 20 to 25 feet,” said Patrick O’Kane, assistant fire chief at Howland.

One person was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries while the other two in the vehicle remained at the scene.

“I thought it would be much worse than it was. A gentleman was taken to hospital with a deep laceration, and that was it. And the others are there to take care of the snowmobiles and everything that was destroyed in the accident,” said Trooper Kari Kurth of the Maine State Police.

“I consider them rather lucky. The fact that they’re doing 75 miles an hour and they’ve done this fall without major or life-threatening injuries,” O’Kane said.

“They are pretty shaken up. They’re pretty upset about it all. Glad to be alive, but they’re pretty disappointed with what happened,” Cavalier Kurth said.

Once the truck was towed, the next step was to free the snowmobiles from the damaged trailer.

“So the wrecking crew pulled three out with the tow truck. One of them they pulled out of the trailer with minor damage, cosmetic issues on the sleds, that’s what it looks like” , O’Kane said.

The road was closed for more than two hours while crews also attended to fallen wires.

“Fire departments in the area, especially the smaller communities, we train and train and train for anything we can do. It’s hard to practice for a vehicle falling 20 to 25 feet off a bridge,” O’Kane said.

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