Interstate 295 reopens in Cumberland after 19-car pileup causes 4-hour shutdown

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CUMBERLAND — It took almost four hours to clean up a 19-car pileup on Interstate 295 Friday morning as snow began to coat the roadway.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said the chain-reaction crash started when a car spun out in the southbound lane, just north of the Falmouth line, around 8 a.m.

Five other vehicles collided with the first one, and in the immediate aftermath 13 other vehicles were involved.

Traffic then backed up for several miles until wreckers were able to clear the highway. For most of the time, one lane remained open, McCausland said, but traffic slowed to a crawl.

Maine State Police troopers reported one person with a non-life-threatening injury was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Several other crashes took place along the Maine Turnpike, McCausland said, with trouble spots this morning from Kennebunk to Biddeford-Saco.