Another crash close by was deadly, authorities say. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Gattis, both 68, were eliminated when a tractor-trailer truck knocked into the back of them.
Griffin Stockford (NEWS CENTER Maine), Chris Costa (NEWS CENTER Maine), Gabrielle Mannino (NEWS CENTER Maine), Chelsea Bard (NEWS CENTER Maine)
2:32 PM EST January 12, 2021
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34 “> YORK, Maine– Maine State Police state a pursuit on the Maine Turnpike Tuesday afternoon from Kennebunk through York ended with the suspect crashing in the center typical near the mile 4 marker. The crash slowed and stopped traffic in both the north and southbound lanes for much of the afternoon.
Since 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the left and center lanes of the Maine Turnpike at mile 5 southbound, which had
been closed because around 2 p.m., was cleared and resumed, the Maine Turnpike Authority(MTA )said. According to authorities, the chase started around 1:17 p.m. southbound on the turnpike. Authorities received a minimum of six problems of unpredictable operation prior to the pursuit. Three police officers got minor injuries– 2 as an outcome of the pursuit and one while taking the chauffeur of the irregular lorry into custody. Cops say the chauffeur, later determined by authorities as David Stoddard, was given an area healthcare facility for small injuries.. @MaineTurnpike confirms a minimum of 1 @MEStatePolice cannon fodder was involved in crash w suspect as part of a chase, ending at mile 5 in York. Audience sent us this image of among the cruisers. Waiting on more information from SP @newscentermaine #NEWSCENTERmaine pic.twitter.com/wAaaYR4OjV
— Chris Costa (@ChrisCostaTV) January 12, 2021
The MTA and Maine State Authorities state there was another crash in the exact same area around 2:11 p.m. at mile 3 northbound in Kittery, resulting in the blockage of the left and center
lanes. Since around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the roadway remained closed while cars were removed. Authorities say traffic had slowed significantly and dropped in both the north and southbound lanes.
Maine State Police state two people died in that crash. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Gattis, both 68, of Falmouth, were killed when a tractor-trailer truck driven by David Herring, 38, of South Portland, knocked into the back of their midsize SUV, pressing them into another tractor-trailer truck in front of them, driven by Lakhveer Gill, 40, of Ontario.
Both Gill and Gattis had actually decreased, however Herring failed to acknowledge traffic had actually slowed and struck the Lexus from behind.
The examination is ongoing. Police say speed and alcohol do not seem elements. Once the examination is complete, it will be examined by the York District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Maine Turnpike southbound closes after police chase ends with crash in York