May 20, 2018
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Numerous accidents reported on slick roads

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The snow that began to fall again in central and mid coast Maine before noon Tuesday has made the region’s roads very slick and a number of accidents and collisions have been reported all over the area.

“They’re going to keep coming,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said, warning drivers to take extra precautions.

In Bangor alone, 11 accidents were reported between 5 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., he said.

Two ambulances were called to Route 9 in Clifton at 12:10 p.m. for a vehicle that T-boned another, causing at least two injuries.

There also was a rollover reported at mile marker 157 on Interstate 95 at 12:10 p.m., and Maine State Police responded to “a few slide-offs here and there but nothing major,” a dispatcher said at 1:35 p.m.

A bad five-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Searsport at the Belfast town line about 12:30 p.m. resulted in multiple injuries, at least one serious.

The roadway has been closed to traffic while emergency responders deal with the injured and the stopped traffic is blamed for a second collision that occurred shortly afterward involving two other vehicles.

Route 1 between Belfast and Searsport was reopened shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Hancock County officials said deputies dealt with an accident on Route 1A in Dedham, but few details were available by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

No other serious accidents had been reported in Hancock or Washington counties early Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the central and coastal portions of the state, and northern parts of Maine are under a winter storm advisory.

“Snow will continue tonight into Wednesday with the heaviest snow falling across Down East areas,” the weather service update stated at 1 p.m. Tuesday. “The snow will taper off to snow showers Wednes-day evening.”

The winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Snow through Wednesday is expected to accumulate 8 to 12 inches across the area,” the update stated. “This storm will have a low impact on the warning area. Snowfall across the region will fall at light to occasionally moderate rates for an extended period of time. The long duration of this storm will result in significant accumulations.”

The Bangor Daily News will keep an eye on things and will continue to update readers as to where the bad accidents are occurring.

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