UPDATE: 11:40 a.m.--According to police, both northbound lanes of I-95 in Carmel have reopened after being closed since early this morning.

According to Steve McCausland, spokesman for public safety, State Police now say about 30 vehicles were involved in this morning’s chain reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Carmel.  The crash has closed the northbound lanes.  There have been some injuries, including one serious that the Lifeflight helicopter landed in the road, north of the crash site, to transport that person to a  Bangor hospital.

Several hundred motorists have been stranded behind the crash site and troopers  and the Maine Department of Transportation are making plans to utilize a crossover to get those vehicles turned around.

Initial reports say blinding sun may have caused the first crash about 7:45 AM, and then several other vehicles collided in a chain reaction.   A team of troopers and a fleet of wreckers are on scene to clear the road of the wrecked vehicles and the northbound side is expected to remain closed until – at least – noon.

According to WABI TV5,

a car crash pileup involving more than 60 cars has happened near mile marker 174 in the northbound lanes near Carmel. Authorities are reporting multiple injuries though no details have been released on their severity.

Maine Forest Rangers and a ranger helicopter are helping State Police at the scene of the accident. Lifeflight is also on the way.

The northbound lanes near 174 are currently impassable at this time and commuters should seek an alternate route around.

We will keep this story updated as we learn more.

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