Police: SUV that destroyed weigh station hit another car first

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Waterford — The SUV that struck and destroyed the scale house off Interstate 95 south on Friday first sideswiped a car in the left lane of the highway, state police said.

Police said 37-year-old Matthew L. Strekel of Lyme was driving his Chevrolet Traverse in the right lane when he drifted into the left lane and hit the side of a Volvo XC90 driven by Sherryl A. Hennigan, 73, of Rye, N.Y.

Strekel then went off the right side of the highway and into the southbound weigh station, striking the unoccupied scale house that sits in the middle of the lot.

Police said Hennigan was not injured in the crash. A Waterford ambulance crew took Strekel to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital with suspected minor injuries.

Strekel's vehicle, which ended up inside the scale house, was totaled. The scale house has been demolished.

No one has been charged in the crash.

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