State Police say a woman escaped with minor injuries after her car was demolished Wednesday morning after being struck by a tractor-trailer truck. The crash took place about 8 a.m. on the turnpike spur near Main Street in South Portland, according to Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. The car was hit from behind by the tractor-trailer, and the impact then forced the car into another vehicle ”“ a pickup truck. The tractor-trailer, which was hauling gasoline, is owned by Branch Brook Transportation of Arundel and operated by Frederick Smith of Kennebunk, who was not injured, McCausland said. Smith told troopers he was blinded by the sun. He was not cited. The State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit assisted South Portland Police with the investigation.

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