Just after 4 pm Tuesday, a 3 car crash was reported on I-295 southbound in the area of Franklin Street in Portland involving a vehicle rolling over and entrapment. A 2014 silver Chevrolet Cruze operated by Susan Tanzer, 62, of Pennsylvania slowed in the right lane. Her vehicle was struck by a 2001 Green Dodge pickup up truck driven by Jonah King 25, from South Portland. A third vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Dennis Carson, 53, of Portland then struck the Cruze and overturned, coming to rest on its side.
Carson’s 80 year old mother, Lois Carson of Portland, was a passenger and is in critical condition at Maine Medical as a result of the crash. The southbound lanes were completely closed for over an hour before the breakdown lane was cleared. Traffic continued to be backed up until the scene was cleared shortly after 7pm. All three vehicles were towed from the scene. The accident remains under investigation.