A tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 95 in southern Aroostook County late Thursday night shut down the highway for several hours and the cleanup continued Friday morning.

Maine State Police report 42-year-old Dmitrii Vasilev of Moncton, New Brunswick was traveling north on I-95 in Ludlow around 10:05 p.m. Thursday when he swerved to avoid a moose.

Vasilev was operating a 2016 Volvo tractor trailer unit hauling paper products. The rig left the roadway, traveled into the median and struck several trees, according to Cpl. Nick Casavant.

Vasilev was not injured in the crash but the tractor trailer sustained significant damage, Casavant said.  I-95 was reduced to one lane near mile marker 294. The area is about eight miles below Houlton.

The northbound lanes of the highway were completely shut down for several hours Friday while Westerdahl’s Towing removed the truck and trailer.

State police said speed was not a factor. Trooper Tim Saucier investigated the crash.  The Maine Department of Transportation was also on scene.

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