Maine State Police responded to five crashes on Interstate 295 near Freeport Sunday afternoon that involved 14 vehicles. Courtesy Maine State Police

A series of crashes in heavy rain on Interstate-295 in Freeport on Sunday afternoon snarled traffic for more than an hour.

Maine State Police troopers, along with emergency personnel from Freeport and Yarmouth, responded to initial reports of a crash involving eight vehicles in the northbound lane near mile marker 22.

Upon arrival, responders discovered five separate accidents involving 14 vehicles across a half-mile stretch, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss said Monday.

Heavy rain and heavy traffic were factors, Moss said.

One person was taken by ambulance to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick and treated for minor injuries.

Five vehicles, including a small boat and trailer, needed to be towed from the crash site.

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