Jay man killed after box truck crashes into tractor-trailer on I-95

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ETNA (WGME) -- Maine State Police say a Jay man died Monday afternoon when his small box truck ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 95 in Etna.

Troopers say 56-year-old Joseph Lawler died at the scene.

A half dozen passersby stopped at the crash site, including three nurses, and attempted to administer first aid to Lawler, who was trapped in the wreckage, according to troopers.

He died before an ambulance arrived at the scene.

Troopers say the tractor-trailer Lawler struck was hauling small pieces of granite and had just pulled into the travel lane after being stopped along the breakdown lane.

The tractor-trailer was driven by 55-year-old Paul Bean Jr. of Corinth.

The collision took place at the top of a small hill at mile 165 in the southbound lane.

Southbound traffic was blocked at the crash site for 3 1/2 hours and southbound traffic was detoured at the Etna exit, but dozens of vehicles were stuck on the highway for the duration.

The tractor-trailer is owned by W T Rand and the box truck was being leased by Fred's Coffee.

Troopers say there are no known witnesses to the crash, but three tractor-trailers had just passed Bean's truck moments before the crash.

Troopers are asking for anyone who may have seen what happened to call State Police in Bangor.

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