ELLSWORTH, Maine — Motorists had difficulty navigating on black ice early Monday morning, and a number of accidents occurred in a short span of time.
The Surry Road was closed for a short while after a single-vehicle accident at School House Corner. According to the report by Officer Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department, Nathan H. Frost, 51, of Ellsworth was headed south on the road at about 5:30 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle on black ice. His vehi-cle, a 2000 GMC pickup, skidded and crashed into the ledge on the curve in the road and then rolled onto its side.
Frost suffered facial cuts in the accident. His vehicle was considered a total loss.
In a separate incident at almost the same time, a Bar Harbor man escaped injury when his vehicle skidded on black ice on Bucksport Road (Route 1) in Ellsworth. According to the report by Ellsworth police Officer Daniel Owens, Stephen L. Lambert, 41, was headed north on Route 1 when his vehicle hit a patch of black ice. The vehicle, a 2005 Ford pickup, slid across the road, crossing the southbound travel lane, struck a utility pole and rolled over. The impact snapped the utility pole at the base and it landed on top of the truck.
Lambert was not injured in the accident. His pickup truck, however, was demolished in the accident, according to the report.
Crews from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. were on the scene later in the morning to replace the damaged pole.
There were several other accidents on black ice, including one that involved an Ellsworth police cruiser. The cruiser slid off the road on Route 1 and was pulled out by a tow truck. A logging truck also slid off the road, and a vehicle skidded on black ice near the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth and came to rest against a utility pole. No other injuries were reported in any of the other accidents.