Tractor trailer jackknifes in New Canada, blocks traffic

NEW CANADA, Maine — No one was injured but traffic was stopped for about an hour and a half in New Canada when a tractor trailer truck jackknifed on Route 161 on the morning of Feb. 17 and wound up blocking both lanes of the roadway. 

Michael Shipley of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was northbound in a 2019 International truck when he lost control of the vehicle due to ice on the road shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to Maine State Police.

The tractor trailer slid into the southbound lane and then back into the northbound lane before it crashed into a snowbank where the cab of the vehicle became stuck. The tail end of the vehicle came to rest in a snowbank on the opposite side of the road. 

Some traffic was rerouted through a driveway adjacent to the crash until the tractor trailer was freed from the snow. 

Shipley drove the tractor trailer away from the scene. 

Speed was not a factor and Shipley was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.


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