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Pilot, passenger survive as small plane crashes on Maine highway

Maine state Police

A pilot and his passenger walked away from a Maine crash landing Tuesday morning with only minor injuries, Maine State Police said in a statement.

The small plane crashed into the guardrail running along the breakdown lane on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham at about 10:15 a.m., narrowly avoiding a car, which had to quickly veer out of the way.

The pilot, identified by Maine State Police as John Gayley, was taken to Maine Medical Center with facial injuries. Rodney Voisene, the passenger in the 1947 Cessna, was taken to a local hospital with a minor arm injury.

Gayley had planned to fly to the airfield in Turner, State Police said.


Officials expect that traffic on the southbound sight of I-295 will be disrupted during the afternoon as a wrecker removes the plane from the breakdown lane.

Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaddieKilgannon.