A vehicle that attempted to use an illegal crossover on I-95 in Plymouth was hit broadside by a tractor-trailer.

Who Was Hurt in This Crash?

Nicholas Johnson, 23, of Winterport was taken to a local hospital after the crash that happened near mile marker 161.

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How Did It Happen?

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says State Police Troopers responded to the crash in Plymouth at approximately 2:45 Tuesday afternoon and found Johnson trapped inside his vehicle. An investigation into the circumstances of the crash suggests that Johnson was traveling south in Plymouth when police say it appears he tried to use a crossover. As he attempted to enter the crossover, he traveled into the path of a tractor-trailer unit that was also traveling southbound. The tractor-trailer struck the Nissan Rogue broadside, which caused the vehicle to go off the road. Johnson became trapped inside his vehicle and had to be extricated by Newport and Plymouth Fire and Rescue. Officials say he was conscious at the scene but sustained serious injuries and was transported to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield. The truck's driver, whose name was not released, wasn't hurt in the crash.

Is There Ever a Reason To Use a Crossover on the Interstate?

Maine State Police have issued a reminder, after this crash, that using crossovers is not allowed for any reason. In a statement, they called it "illegal and highly dangerous to everyone driving on the interstate." They ask that people drive responsibly for the safety of all motorists.

This crash remains under investigation.

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