The Maine State Police is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred early this morning, Aug. 5, on the Turnpike. The crash, involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer truck occurred southbound at mile 2 in Kittery by the Wilson Road overpass.
Caleb Ewing, 29, of Caribou, the driver of the car died at the scene. The tractor-trailer, owned and operated by Joshua Stone, 46, of Auburn was uninjured. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage.
It is believed that Ewing entered onto the turnpike in Kittery and traveled in the wrong direction going northbound in the southbound lane. Stone and his tractor-trailer truck, which was hauling bottled water at the time, were traveling southbound and took evasive action upon spotting Ewing, but could not avoid the collision. Ewing struck the side of the tractor-trailer truck rupturing the fuel tank which caused diesel fuel to spill out onto the roadway.
The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear at this time if speed and alcohol were contributing factors.