A Maine State Police trooper injured last week when his cruiser was hit by a tractor-trailer is no longer in the hospital.

Lt. Aaron Hayden, of the Maine State Police, said Tuesday that Trooper Greg Stevens has been released from Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was being treated for multiple broken bones suffered during Thursday’s crash in the northbound lane of Interstate 295 in Richmond.

Hayden said Stevens has “a long road” of recovery ahead of him. Hayden has said there is no timetable for Stevens’ return to work.

Stevens was rushed to the hospital Thursday after a tractor-trailer hit his cruiser from behind as it was in the breakdown lane with its blue lights flashing.

The truck driver, Gusan Yedic, 56, of Yorktown Heights, New York, was issued a summons charging him with failing to move over for an emergency vehicle.

Yedic was not injured in the crash.

The tractor-trailer, which caught fire, and the cruiser, a 2015 Ford sport utility vehicle, were destroyed in the crash, which occurred around 9:45 a.m. Thursday near mile 46. Northbound traffic was slowed for most of the day Thursday as crews worked to clean up the crash site.

The move-over law, passed in 2007, requires drivers passing a parked emergency vehicle using emergency lights to move over into a non-adjacent lane farthest away from the emergency vehicle regardless of the weather. On the interstate, that means moving from the driving lane on the right to the passing lane on the left.

Hayden said in 2013 that in the previous three years, 24 cruisers had been hit from behind while their emergency lights were flashing. Those crashes left 12 troopers injured.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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