On Sunday, May 23, at approximately 4:0 9a.m., Eric Morris, 65, of Portland, apparently fell asleep and drove off the roadway striking the guardrail in the area of mile marker 1.5 southbound on the Turnpike in Kittery, according to a news release from the Maine Dept. of Safety.
Morris was driving a tractor trailer unit that was hauling bottles of Poland Spring Water.
The TT unit rolled over into the center median guardrail before becoming fully engulfed, the release said.
Morris was able to get out of the truck on his own accord. He was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU), Kittery Fire Department, and Stewarts Ambulance Service responded. All southbound lanes from mile marker 7 in York of the Turnpike were shut down since the time of the crash. No other vehicles were involved.
All three southbound lanes should be open in the next hour, the release said. One lane remains open northbound.