A crash on the Maine Turnpike prompted state police to close part of the interstate northbound in Biddeford for two hours Friday night.

The accident occurred south of Exit 32 just after 8 p.m., according to a turnpike authority traffic alert.

Maine Turnpike Authority traffic cameras at Route 111 showed a long line of northbound traffic backed up behind a knot of emergency vehicles in the passing lane on Interstate 95.

Drivers appeared to be merging into the right-hand travel lane to avoid the accident. The accident was cleared just before 10 p.m.

A few minutes before the crash, dispatchers for state police and local police agencies were receiving reports of a northbound vehicle swerving through traffic and traveling in the breakdown lane north of the Kennebunk rest area at speeds exceeding 125 mph. On the police scanner, dispatchers were warning responding officers that officers at the scene were considering whether to use spike strips to stop the vehicle.


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