August 1, 2013

Violent crash on Maine Turnpike slows traffic

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — A driver from New York who started to get off the Maine Turnpike at Exit 44 but changed his mind veered into a moving van during Thursday evening’s rush hour, police said.

The collision with the Toyota Sienna caused the 24-foot-long moving van to hit the center guardrail and spin sideways before sliding backward in the northbound lanes, where it was hit by a car carrying five people, said state Trooper Anthony Heim.

Heim said it was amazing that no one was injured but the crash snarled traffic for about 45 minutes.

Heim said he decided not to charge the driver of the Toyota van, Junyi Zhou, 42, of Fresh Meadows, N.Y.

The crash was reported at 4:50 p.m.

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