A 16-YEAR-OLD DRIVER from Freeport was injured after his car struck a tractor trailer truck on Interstate 295 southbound in Freeport late Wednesday morning. MAINE STATE POLICE PHOTO

A 16-YEAR-OLD DRIVER from Freeport was injured after his car struck a tractor trailer truck on Interstate 295 southbound in Freeport late Wednesday morning. MAINE STATE POLICE PHOTO

FREEPORT

Police say a Freeport teen was injured after his car collided with a tractor trailer truck on Interstate 295 Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported in the southbound lanes of the interstate near Exit 22 in Freeport shortly after 11 a.m.

According to Maine State Trooper James Leonard, the 16-year-old male was getting on I-295 from Exit 22, was driving too fast and lost control of his car. The Toyota sedan then struck the box of a tractor trailer truck driven by Frank Gutierrez of Lawrence, Mass.

Leonard said the car struck underneath the trailer, and was dragged “some distance” before becoming dislodged from the larger vehicle and struck a guardrail.

The driver-side of the car was badly damaged and the teen was pinned under the door. He was transported to Maine Medical Center in stable condition, Leonard said.

“It just so happens a doctor from New York was driving by and was first on scene with another gentleman who assisted him,” Leonard said.

The highway was initially blocked off but emergency crews soon got traffic moving. Leonard said the scene was cleared up within approximately an hour.

As of Thursday Leonard said no charges had been issued. He said the teen got his license about a month ago.

No further information was available.

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