BENTON — Maine state police say a tractor-trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of live lobster overturned in a crash on I-95 in Benton.

Troopers say the driver, Horst Puff of Greenfield, Nova Scotia, told them he swerved early Wednesday to avoid striking a car that had spun out in front of him. The truck ended up on its side in the median; he wasn’t hurt. 

State police spokesman Steve McCausland said the lobsters survived the crash. They were loaded on to another truck and taken to New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Puff and his dog spent the night in a Waterville hotel and returned to the scene to oversee the transfer of lobsters.

A crane was dispatched to get the truck upright. The cab and trailer are believed to be damaged beyond repair.

No charges are expected against the driver. Travel around the crash site continues to be reduced to one lane.  

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