SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A teenage girl escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when the car she was driving collided with a tractor-trailer, police said.

The 16-year old girl from Scarborough, who was driving on a learner’s permit, attempted to make a right-hand turn out of a Maine Mall parking lot onto Gorham Road around noon when the collision happened, according to South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark.

The truck, operated by Henry Bishop, 63, of Ludlow, Mass., was also attempting to turn right at the same intersection, and the rig took a wide turn and struck the girl’s vehicle, which was to the right of the truck when both vehicles attempted to turn, Clark said.

The girl was unable to pass the truck before being struck, the lieutenant said, but the damage to her car proved to be minor and the girl was able to drive her vehicle away.

Clark said it’s unclear what Bishop was hauling. He was driving a truck owned by Penske Truck Leasing out of Reading, Mass., and it suffered minor damage.

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