The driver and owner of a recycling truck that dumped crushed cars onto Interstate 295 in Portland, Maine on Friday morning, blocking traffic for miles, has been cited for failing to properly secure the vehicles.
Maine State Police said 15 crushed cars were being delivered to a Topsham recycling plant when a cable broke on the trailer, sending three of the cars into two of the four northbound lanes on I-295 in the area of Tukey's Bridge. The crash occurred at 7:30 a.m. in the midst of the morning commute, forcing the closure of the two affected lanes for more than an hour. Traffic was backed up for miles as a result.
The driver, Jason Fisher, 30, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and the truck's owner, Lambert's Auto and Truck Recyclers, were issued summonses for defective load securement.
The three cars that fell onto the road were towed away. Fisher was able to safely secure the remaining 12 cars and continued on his way. The scene was cleared around 8:45 a.m.
No one was injured.