On Friday, December 30, 2022, at approximately 9:25 pm, Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash that occurred on I-295 NB in Richmond. The crash was between a Nissan Altima and a tractor-trailer unit.

From the Maine State Police:

Initial investigation showed the driver of the Nissan Altima, 39-year-old Steven Trask of Topsham sideswiped the trailer portion of the commercial vehicle resulting in Trask losing control of his vehicle and exiting the roadway on the median side. The crash was witnessed by other uninvolved motorists also in traffic. Preliminary investigation revealed Trask showed signs of impairment. Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Deputies assisting on scene investigated and later charged Trask with Operating Under the Influence.

Moments after the initial crash, three other vehicles became involved in a secondary crash. The lead vehicle, a Honda Accord, had slowed in traffic in the area of the first crash. The second vehicle, a Subaru Impreza struck the rear of the Honda Accord resulting in minor damage. The third vehicle, a Toyota Camry that was still traveling near highway speeds when it crashed into the rear of the Subaru Impreza that was nearly stopped in the roadway. The Subaru Impreza was pushed off the roadway into the median with significant rear-end damage. The Toyota Camry was disabled in the roadway with heavy front-end damage.

The driver of the Honda Accord was not injured. The four occupants of the Subaru Impreza all sustained injuries. One of the backseat passengers, a 17-year-old male suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a local hospital. The other three occupants of the Subaru suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota Camry sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene by EMS.

The road was shut down and traffic was diverted off Exit 43 for approximately 30 minutes before the scene could be cleared and the road re-opened to traffic.

The crash remains under investigation.

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