WATERVILLE — A tractor-trailer truck broke down near the overpass of Interstate 95 on Kennedy Memorial Drive Tuesday morning, requiring police to redirect traffic on the major route into the city until the truck could be towed away more than an hour later.

The tractor-trailer was in the process of leaving I-95 north and was on the exit 127 off-ramp to Kennedy Memorial Drive when its drive shaft broke, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey of the Waterville Police Department.

The tractor-trailer had turned left off the ramp and was headed west, toward Oakland, when it stopped just before the I-95 overpass, blocking westbound traffic on Kennedy Memorial Drive, Rumsey said.

Police redirected traffic to the eastbound lanes of the four-lane road until the tractor-trailer was towed by Boulet’s Truck Service. The area was cleared around 9:20 a.m., Rumsey said.

Rumsey said the tractor-trailer didn’t strike the overpass.

“It was not an accident. It was just a vehicle broke down,” he said. “Since both of the westbound lanes were blocked, they (officers) used cones to divert traffic into the eastbound lane.”

One of those eastbound lanes was used for westbound traffic. The truck cab bore the name L.A.S.T., of Southbridge, Mass.

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