Blinding sun may have caused massive 30-car crash on Maine interstate originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Blinding sun may have caused a massive crash involving about 30 cars on a Maine interstate Tuesday morning, state authorities said.
The chain reaction accident was on Interstate 95 in Carmel.
Maine Forest Rangers are assisting @MEStatePolice on the ground & with a helicopter for a serious multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Carmel. We have 4 forest rangers on the ground assisting with first-aid, traffic control and scene stabilization. pic.twitter.com/8Cdquw13Qx— Maine Forest Rangers (@MaineRangers) January 7, 2020
Some people were injured, including one person who was hurt seriously and transported to a hospital via helicopter, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The crash has closed the northbound lanes of the interstate, stranding several hundred drivers, said McCausland.
A team of troopers and a fleet of wreckers have responded to help clear wrecked cars from the roadway.
Initial reports say blinding sun may have caused the first crash at about 7:45 a.m., before other cars collided in a chain reaction, said McCausland.
It's also possible that the interstate was coated in a thin layer of ice. The temperature was near zero and a light snow shower moved through the area shortly before the crash.
ABC News' Max Golembo contributed to this report.