WINTHROP — A Manchester woman was injured after her car struck an oncoming tractor-trailer, shutting down U.S. Route 202 for two hours during the evening commute, Monday.

Marjorie Tribou, 90, was driving east in a 2005 Toyota Camry around 4:45 p.m. when she crossed the center line and went into the westbound lane, where she collided with a 2005 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer driven by James Casey, 31, of Alexandria, Va., according to Capt. Ryan Frost.

Tribou was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. Frost said she was complaining of pain but was coherent, talking and able to move at the accident scene, which was near the Winthrop-Manchester town line.

Casey was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to Frost.

The car sustained driver’s side damage and could be totaled, Frost said, while the tractor-trailer, which was pulling an unloaded flatbed trailer, had driver’s side wheel and front end damage.

No charges were filed.

Frost said visibility was poor because of the time of night and rain at the time of the crash.

Route 202, a busy commuter route, was closed in both directions from 4:49 to 6:49 p.m., Frost said, as crews cleaned up debris and glass in the street from the accident and because the tractor trailer was sitting in the middle of the road. Traffic was detoured to Route 135, Stanley Road and Route 17.

Winthrop police, fire and ambulance and Manchester firefighters responded.

Frost said there are no center line rumble strips on that section of 202.

In September the state Department of Transportation added rumble strips — rough sections of pavement meant to make steering wheels shake to alert drivers — to the center of some high-accident parts of Route 202 to alert drivers who leave their lane.


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