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Waterville rollover crash causes vehicle fire, shuts down I-95 for a time

Officials say Jace Tillson hit the side of Kemily Benes's SUV while speeding by her in the breakdown lane, causing his truck to flip and catch fire.
Credit: Maine State Police

WATERVILLE, Maine — A rollover crash Tuesday night caused a vehicle to catch fire and closed Interstate 95 for a time.

A spokeswoman for the Maine State Police told NEWS CENTER Maine that a trooper came across a crash in the northbound lanes near mile marker 129 in Waterville around 8 p.m.

Police said Jace Tillson, 25, of Clinton was driving too fast in a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck and attempted to go around a 2015 Mercedes SUV driven by Kemily Benes, 65, of Embden.

Tillson attempted to pass Benes in the breakdown lane but struck the SUV in the passenger side. He then lost control of his pickup truck. It rolled over into the breakdown lane just before the Messalonskee Stream Bridge and caught fire. 

The interstate was shut down for approximately 1 ½ hours while emergency crews worked to put out the fire and remove both vehicles.

Police say there were no injuries in the crash.