75-vehicle pileup in snowy Maine leaves at least 17 injured

In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the pileup in Etna happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland says some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)

ETNA, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say 75 vehicles got tangled up in a series of chain-reaction pileups on a snowy stretch of Interstate 95, injuring at least 17 people.

The crashes in Etna, near Bangor, started stacking up about 7:30 a.m. and involved several cars, a school bus and a tractor-trailer. At least 50 vehicles had to be towed from the scene, and state police said it was the largest crash in more than 15 years.

Two hospitals reported taking in 17 patients, some in serious condition. One person at the scene of the crash had a heart attack and some people suffered broken bones.

Both northbound lanes of the highway were closed for at least five hours.

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In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup along Interstate 95 in Etna, Maine, about 20 miles west of Bangor, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland said the pileup happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland said some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)
In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup along Interstate 95 in Etna, Maine, about 20 miles west of Bangor, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland said the pileup happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland said some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)

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