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Brewer semi-truck accident injures driver and police deputy

A semi-truck accident on the morning of January 30th in Brewer, Maine resulted in injuries for both the truck driver and a police deputy after the truck failed to negotiate a turn on Interstate 395.

What happened: The semi-truck rolled over on a guardrail and collided with a Penobscot County Sheriff's Office cruiser, causing Sergeant Gary Decker and the 41-year-old truck driver to sustain non-life-threatening injuries. Both were hospitalized.

Impact: The crash led to diesel fuel spillage, triggering a clean-up operation which caused an estimated 8-hour closure of both the westbound on-ramp from Wilson Street and the eastbound off-ramp to Wilson Street.

  • Maine's Department of Environmental Protection was on scene to manage the diesel clean-up efforts.
  • The driver's failure to handle the curve on the on-ramp resulted in the truck overturning and breaching the center guardrail before impacting the cruiser.

Current status: The Maine State Police and environmental officials were engaged in managing the situation while traffic adjustments were made to accommodate the ongoing operations at the location.

Movement on the affected sections of Interstate 395 was restricted to allow emergency and clean-up crews to work safely, with detours in place for diverted traffic.

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