A van sideswiped a tractor on Farmington Falls Road in New Sharon Friday, leading to a chain reaction crash that left three people injured. Submitted photo

NEW SHARON — Three people were injured Friday afternoon when a van hydroplaned and sideswiped a tractor-trailer, then slid into two other vehicles on Farmington Falls Road.

Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area at about 2:50 p.m. for a report of a multi-vehicle wreck.

Police said Zachary Kinnear, 46, of South Portland was driving a 2022 Freightliner tractor-trailer westbound when an eastbound white 2017 GMC van driven by Michael Barter, 72, of Skowhegan, hydroplaned into the side of the truck.

The van continued out of control, striking a 2017 Ford F-150 pickup, police said, which was following the tractor-trailer and driven by Steven Moore, 56, of Anson.

The van then struck a 2009 Honda Civic driven by Benjamin Watts, 46, of Belmont, which was following the pickup, police said.  Multiple wreckers, ambulances responded to the scene, as well as New Sharon and Farmington Fire Department.

An investigator from the Department of Environmental Protection was sent to the scene due to a leaking fuel tank from the tractor-trailer, police said. It was reported that three people required medical treatment as a result of the crash.

A State Police commercial vehicle enforcement unit was called to the scene to assist. The road was shut down for about 40 minutes.

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