AUGUSTA — Travelers heading north and south on Interstate 95 weren’t able to exit onto Civic Center Drive for a portion of Friday morning, because a tractor-trailer was broken down at the bottom of an off-ramp and police cars were parked at both exits.

The closures at exit 112 were in place by 8 a.m. and continued for more than an hour. At 9:30 a.m., a spokesman for the Maine State Police said that the truck had just been removed and that the scene had been cleared.

The truck’s engine and cab section appeared to have separated from its trailer at the bottom of the southbound ramp, near the Irving Oil station, Wendy’s and 99 Restaurant & Pub.

Traffic was moving slowly along that section of Civic Center Drive, because about a half-dozen police cars and fire engines stopped near the broken-down truck.

At 9:30 a.m., the Department of Public Safety spokesman, Steve McCausland, said in an email that the truck “was just removed” and the scene had “been cleared up.”

McCausland also said he “(thinks) the truck was involved in a crash,” but he provided no other information.

A member of the Augusta Police Department, who wasn’t at the scene, said he heard the truck exited Interstate 95 after having a problem on the highway.

A message left for a state trooper at the scene wasn’t returned Friday.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

[email protected]

Twitter: @ceichacker

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