KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In mid-February, icy roads created a 50-car pile up on I-80 in Pennsylvania. Even though it was weeks ago, and hundreds of miles away, the impact is still being felt in Maine.
One of the most seriously injured was Lee Allen, a father, husband, former Marine, and truck driver. He tried to swerve to miss the other cars, and hit a guard rail.
According to his family, he was trapped inside of his truck for 90 minutes before being extracted by the jaws of life.
Allen is paralyzed from the waist down, and cannot speak. He is currently in a rehabilitation facility in Boston.
His wife, Elizabeth, has been traveling to Boston to stay with him. When Lee is able to come home, his family will have to pay travel and medical expenses, and renovate the home to accomodate a wheel chair.
To help defray the costs, there will bea benefit at the Kennebunk Town Hall on Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m. It will be a variety show sponsored by the Kennebunk Twirlers.
Additionally, there has been a fund set up online.
"Just that show of support, just personally being there, even if it's not financial...is wonderful," said mother-in-law Deb Burrows. "Just seeing there are people in your corner, fighting along with you, is nice."