State Police Urge Caution During Busy Summer Traffic

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) On Thursday, a car accident on I-95 in Bangor caused traffic issues during the afternoon rush hour.

"Motor vehicle came off the ramp, failed to yield to a tractor trailer unit and another motorist traveling southbound on the interstate resulting in the crash," said Trooper Plaisted of the Maine State Police.

A woman was rescued by first responders using the Jaws of Life. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. According to state police, accidents near that section of the interstate are a fairly common occurrence.

"Very busy section of road," said Plaisted. "The Maine state police covers a lot of accidents here, crashes if you will due to the high volume of traffic not only in the summer time but during the 5 o' clock rush hour as vehicles are trying to get on to the interstate."

Summer and rush hour traffic is bound to cause a few accidents. Police say that is why it is important that everyone be mindful of emergency crews that respond to crashes, for everyone's safety.

"As you can see at many crash scenes, there is a lot going on and we do need that safe space to do our jobs effectively," said Plaisted.

"One thing we always recommend is that the public gives us plenty of room and what I mean by 'us' is police, fire, EMS, and wrecker operators," said Plaisted. "We need room out here to do our job by moving over if safe. It really allows us to do that. Or at the very least, slow down and pass by at a reasonable and prudent speed."