HAMPDEN, Maine — A Ford Focus driven by a woman and her daughter was a total loss after being rear-ended by a fully loaded tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 95 on Tuesday afternoon, but both women escaped serious injury.

“I think they were pretty lucky. I hope they know how lucky they are,” said Maine State Trooper Forrest Simpson, who responded to the accident call at 1:43 p.m. “The truck had a full load of lumber, so it had to weigh about 80,000 pounds.”

Traffic had been reduced to one lane as construction workers were putting cold patch on potholes on I-95 before the accident occurred.

“The driver of the tractor-trailer told me there was some dust kicked up from the construction work going on just north of the Bangor-Hermon line, and it limited his visibility,” Simpson said.

Gloria Ripley of Sidney was driving the 2000 Focus with daughter Erin, the car’s owner, in the front passenger seat. They had slowed down as traffic had almost halted in the single-lane area of the southbound lane on I-95 near mile marker 178.

“The car’s driver told me she slowed down due to construction and saw the truck come up on her in her rearview and then she was rear-ended by the truck,” Simpson said.

Having had recent surgery, Erin Ripley, also of Sidney, was checked out by emergency medical personnel after complaining of leg pain and was cleared to leave the scene. Gloria Ripley was uninjured.

The driver of the truck, David Marberry, 51, of Houma, La., was uninjured and his truck had only minor fender damage. He was allowed to continue on with his load to Virginia.

“No charges are pending,” Simpson said.

The Ripleys got a ride home from a family member.

Simpson said traffic was never halted during and after the accident and proceeded through the single lane as emergency services attended to the accident victims.


By Andrew Neff