UPDATE: I-95 re-opened after multi-vehicle crash in Carmel area

Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 8:25 AM EST
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A portion of the interstate was closed for several hours Tuesday morning due to a multi-vehicle crash on I-95 northbound near mile marker 174 in the Carmel area.

The road re-opened around 11:30am.

Police are saying 30 vehicles may be involved. They say the combination of slippery roads & blinding sun attributed to this multi-vehicle crash.

Police do not believe there are any fatalities, but there are serious injuries.

Both northbound lanes were closed as responders assisted with the crash victims and removal of vehicles.

Traffic was backed up for miles.

Maine Forest Rangers sent a helicopter to the scene to assist Maine State Police.

Badly damaged vehicles were seen, and injured people were being removed from those vehicles.

From Maine State Police: "Several hundred motorists have been stranded behind the crash site and troopers and the Maine Department of Transportation are making plans to utilize a crossover to get those vehicles turned around.

Initial reports say blinding sun may have caused the first crash about 7:45 AM, and then several other vehicles collided in a chain reaction. A team of troopers and a fleet of wreckers are on scene to clear the road of the wrecked vehicles and the northbound side is expected to remain closed until – at least – noon."

EMMC says they "have been in contact with first responders and expect to receive 9-13 patients from this incident. Patient conditions will be evaluated as they are received."