Passers-by said a tractor-trailer hit cars and scraped a building on Forest Avenue on Friday morning, before driving off.
It’s unclear how much damage was caused, but it doesn’t appear anyone was injured in the incident.
Portland police had not provided any information Friday evening.
Tracey Hall of Portland said she had just finished a long shift as a certified nursing assistant at Maine Medical Center and was returning home around 8 a.m. when she came across the bizarre scene in front the city’s public health offices at 39 Forest Ave.
She pulled out her cell phone and recorded video as a tractor-trailer repeatedly attempted to pull out of a parking lot next to the building, hitting cars, a parking meter and eventually scraping the building. Some of the cars appeared to have heavy damage.
“He knocked over the parking meter like it was a twig,” she said.
Hall said she and several other people yelled at the driver to stop, but he didn’t respond.
Eventually the driver pulled the truck out of the parking lot and drove off, turning east on Congress Street.
A Portland Police cruiser showed up less than a minute later and drove off after the truck, but Hall said she couldn’t see if the officer had managed to catch up with the tractor-trailer.
Hall said another officer wrote down his name and phone number and those of other witnesses.
Police did not release a report on the incident on Friday, and attempts to reach the department spokesperson by phone and email Friday night were unsuccessful.
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