State authorities say they will look into improving communication with the public after two crashes on the Maine Turnpike last week left hundreds of motorists stuck for several hours.

Earl Gray, 57, of Waterboro and his passenger, 5-year old Wyatt Frost of Lyman, were killed Friday in a northbound crash in Wells that happened as emergency workers responded to another accident on the opposite side of the turnpike in Kennebunk.

Maine State Police say the northbound lanes were shut down for about five hours because potential evidence had been strewn along the highway and required a lengthy investigation.

Maine Public Radio reported that state police say they’ll look into possibly using social media to communicate with the public in the future.

The Maine Turnpike Authority and public safety officials also plan to review the road closure and communications efforts.

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