A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 95 southbound near Dixmont, Etna, Hampden, and Plymouth, Maine, was closed for several hours after icy conditions spun cars and tractor-trailers off the road in multiple crashes Monday morning.
Interstate 95 reopened to traffic around 4 p.m., Maine State Police said in a tweet.
Traffic was diverted off the interstate at exit 167 and drivers were advised to find alternate routes while State Police and the Maine Department of Transportation worked to clear the roadway.
“This morning at approximately 9 a.m., the Maine State Police responded to numerous reports of vehicles off the road on Interstate 95 in the areas of mile markers 172-162 southbound,” the statement said. “Icy road conditions that developed quickly during the morning commute contributed to multiple motor vehicle crashes involving both passenger cars and tractor-trailers.”
Photos posted to Twitter by State Police show several tractor-trailers strewn across the road, at least one of which appears to have been split open in a crash. Another truck that went into a ditch appeared to have its trailer tilted in the air over the highway.
Several people were injured in the crashes, but “nothing at this point that appears to be life threatening,” the statement said.