June 27, 2013

Police remove man from Maine Turnpike median

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — One lane of the Maine Turnpike was closed Thursday afternoon after a man walked onto the median waving his shirt and disturbing traffic, according to the Maine Turnpike Authority. State police removed him from the highway.

A turnpike employee reported around 3:30 p.m. that a man who seemed agitated was in the median near the Kennebunk Service Plaza at Exit 25, waving his shirt at passing cars, said Dan Morin, spokesman for the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Morin said the disturbance caused traffic delays because drivers slow down “when you see something that is out of place” on the highway.

The right lane of the southbound side of the highway was closed for about 15 minutes while troopers “safely escorted him from the travel lane,” Morin said.

He didn’t know whether the man came from the service plaza or walked onto the highway from the nearby town.

State police didn’t immediately return a call seeking more information about the incident.

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