Jackknifed tractor trailer cleared from 295 in Falmouth

Matt Byrne, Portland Press Herald, Maine
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May 3—No one was injured when a tractor trailer jackknifed and blocked Interstate 295 north in Falmouth Monday afternoon.

Maine state police said Jesse Philbrick, 66, of Limestone, was driving the big rig in the northbound lanes when another motorist in a black sedan entered the highway from an onramp at mile 10.

The driver of the black sedan apparently did not yield to Philbrick, who applied the brakes to avoid a collision. The rapid braking caused the truck to jackknife, blocking both travel lanes for about 90 minutes.

A trooper on scene had to break out a window to allow Philbrick to escape, state police said.

Northbound traffic was diverted onto Route 1 as crews cleaned up a significant amount of diesel fuel that spilled from the Freightliner's tanks. Traffic flow resumed later Monday afternoon.

Anyone who saw or has information about the black sedan that entered the highway should call Trooper Connor Willard of Troop B in Gray at 624-7076.