Maine State Police say traffic along Interstate 295 in Brunswick was halted over the weekend after a car fire led to two separate crashes involving a total of seven other vehicles.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1YPLxTL ) Trooper Andre Paradis was dispatched to the car fire near Exit 28 around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, but he was immediately redirected to a five-car accident south of the blaze.
As Paradis was headed to the first reported crash, he encountered the second accident involving two vehicles while traveling north.
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Paradis says motorists were slowing down ahead of the car fire and a chain reaction can start when one person doesn't stop in time.
Five out of the seven cars involved in the accidents were totaled. No injuries were reported.