- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) - Maine state police say the southbound travel lane of the Maine Turnpike was shut down for about four hours Saturday after a driver rear-ended a tractor trailer truck.

Police say witnesses reported that 56-year-old Kenneth Billings, of Bangor, was driving erratically and speeding before slamming into the rear of the truck in Fairfield at about 8 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities say Billings had to be extricated from his van, which took about an hour, before being rushed to Maine Medical Center with multiple injuries.

The tractor trailer driver - 40-year-old Mason Markley of Danielson, Connecticut - was not injured. Police say his truck was loaded with paper products and heading to Arizona.

The accident remains under investigation.


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