A man has died after the BMW he was driving on Interstate 95 in Gardiner Saturday morning was struck by another vehicle, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Shannon Moss.
Moss said the driver of a BMW was hit by another vehicle near mile marker 104 of the Maine Turnpike. As a result of the accident, the unknown driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other person in the BMW, a passenger, was injured and immediately taken to the hospital with injuries that were only described as non-life-threatening.
At this time, the accident is still under investigation, although traffic has reopened to normal and is flowing properly again.
Shortly after the crash, we received messages from listeners indicating that traffic in Gardiner had been at a standstill for more than 40 minutes. We now know that this is the reason.
As the crash is still under investigation, no names have been released to the public. We do not know the identity of the man killed, his passenger or the person operating the vehicle that was on their tail.
We also do not know the circumstances that led to the collision, but we expect them in the coming days.
This is an evolving story and we will continue to update it as more information becomes available to us.
Our thoughts are with everyone involved and our first responders in Central Maine.
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The press release goes on to say;
At approximately 11:51 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash at MM 104 in West Gardiner. The initial investigation shows that the fatal accident was a secondary accident caused by a slowdown in traffic in the area. The driver of a BMW sedan was traveling on the turnpike when he was braked on from behind and his vehicle became stuck between two others. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation will continue throughout the weekend. The names of those involved are not being released at this time so that the family of the deceased can be notified.
The first accident, slowing traffic, involved multiple cars with multiple people taken to the hospital. The crashes are still being investigated.
As of 1:48 p.m., all roads were open and traffic is now flowing normally.