The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed on I-95 in Augusta today, Aug. 20, has been arrested.
This morning at approximately 7:51 a.m. Maine State Police responded to a tractor-trailer roll-over crash on I-95 northbound at mile 115. Upon investigation, it was determined that the tractor-trailer, hauling Pop-tarts and Cheez-its, went off the right side of the road, struck the rock ledges where it rolled onto its side, and came to rest with the cab partially in the right lane. The driver, 61-year-old Miles McIntyre of Wildomar, California sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the crash was caused by extreme driver fatigue. Narcotic evidence was recovered and seized by Troopers and a Maine State Police Drug Recognition Expert evaluated the driver. The operator was deemed impaired and unsafe to operate a motor vehicle. He was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving to Endanger, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. McIntyre was booked at the Kennebec County Jail. This case will be referred to the Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office where charges will be reviewed for prosecution.
A/C Towing responded to recover the truck. The Maine Department of Agriculture inspected the food products on-site to ensure safe consumption. Maine DOT opened emergency routes to divert northbound I-95 traffic off at Exit 113 to Route 104 so crews could clean up. Traffic was reduced to one lane for three hours and completely shut down for about an hour. The road has since re-opened to traffic.
#UPDATE: Driver charged with OUI after tractor-trailer hauling Cheez-Its, Pop Tarts crashes on I-95: https://t.co/5PvVfTlkTa pic.twitter.com/PoaprrESxH
— CBS 13 News (@WGME) August 20, 2021