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At least 75 vehicles involved in I-95 pileup

The crash shut down part of I-95 between Bangor and Etna.
Vehicle pileup

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At least 75 vehicles were involved in a pileup on I-95 Tuesday morning that inured 17 people, said Maine State Police.

"I'm absolutely shocked we don't have any fatalities," said Maine State Police Lt. Hashey.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Carmel and shutdown both northbound lanes on the major highway. The crash involved many cars, a school bus and tractor trailers. None of the students in the school bus were injured. There was about three inches of fresh snow on the ground in the Bangor area Tuesday.

"I assume road conditions caused this pile-up. The roads were very slippery," said Lt. Hashey.

At latest count, 17 suffered injuries and all were transported to Bangor hospitals. At least two of the injured are in serious condition. The injuries range from cuts and bruises to broken bones, but none of the injuries were life threatening.

Lt. Hashey said 50 vehicles were towed away and an additional 25 were damaged. The original crash involved more than 25 vehicles, which then caused a series of other crashes as cars tried to avoid an accident. Some of the other crashes included two or three vehicles, with other vehicles going off the road to avoid the collisions.

State Police reopened one lane in the afternoon and both around 4:30 p.m.

The attorneys for Kyle Dube were stuck on I-95 due to this accident. They are speaking to judge via speakerphone. Another attorney for the state was stuck behind the accident as well as a witness and a juror.

A gathering area has been set up at EMMC to accommodate family and friends of patients who may arrive at the hospital.