A Maine man is facing drunk driving charges after a two-car crash on I-93 in Wilmington this morning that briefly shut down the highway in both directions to allow him to be taken by Medflight to a Boston hospital.
State Police say the crash occurred shortly before 6 a.m. north of the Route 62 exit in Wilmington. Police said Richard Hall was driving a 1989 Chevrolet K10 pickup truck north on I-93 when he allegedly swerved into the path of a 2000 Honda Civic being driven by Howard Kaufman of Melrose.
The contact forced Kaufman, 56, off the road and into the median of the highway, State Police said. Kaufman was rushed to Winchester Hospital; his condition was not immediately available.
Hall, 60, kept driving until he lost control of the truck and slid into the median where he slammed into a tree as the truck rolled over. The highway was closed for about 20 minutes in both directions to allow a Medflight helicopter to get Hall and fly him to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where his condition was not immediately available.
The investigating officer, Trooper Bryan Erickson, cited Hall for drunk driving, having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and marked lanes violation, State Police said. Hall, of Fayette, Maine, will be summonsed into court at a later date, State Police said.
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