PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A man from Saco who works for the Maine Turnpike Authority was struck and killed by a truck Friday afternoon along I-95.
The crash happened in a construction zone in the northbound lane of the Turnpike near exit 48 in Portland, according to state Public Safety Department spokesperson Steve McCausland.
State Police told McCauland that 53-year-old Jeffrey Abbott had been in an MTA safety vehicle at the site when he exited to remove safety cones and was hit around 1:30 p.m.
The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Cody Craig of Turner, struck two vehicles ahead of him that had slowed down for the construction and veered into the construction area and struck Abbott, troopers told McCausland.
The truck Craig was driving is owned by Nortrax Corp. of Westbrook, troopers said.
Both drivers of the two vehicles hit by Craig were injured.
This crash comes on the heels of this sign change last night by the DOT:
It's the 10th fatality on Maine roads since the start of the year, according to police on scene.
No charges were immediately filed and an investigation has begun. The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the crash report.
Police on scene said that the road was already down to one lane and that the crash could have been avoided had the driver been paying attention.
Traffic was delayed in the area for some time and cleared around 5:15 p.m.