Slippery roads cause flurry of minor crashes

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, at 10:04 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Slippery roads caused several minor accidents Monday around Waldo County, according to police.

One Head of the Tide Road accident, which occurred about 11 a.m. when a woman skidded off the road and into pine trees, caused Belfast Fire and Rescue personnel to send their Jaws of Life truck, but Chief James Richards said the device wasn’t needed.

Responders instead were able to saw down the tree apparently trapping Katherine Paige, 27, of Swanville, freeing her from the vehicle.

Paige was traveling with her almost 2-year-old child and passenger Lillian Major, 45, according to Patrolman Wendall A. Ward of the Belfast Police Department.

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A Belfast police official said later that both passengers were evaluated at the scene and that neither had to be taken to the hospital.

“It’s coming, just like every year,” Ward said of the freezing conditions. “People just have to slow down and realize that water and cold weather make ice.”

In Belfast, the weather also caused minor accidents at Renys Plaza and at the Tire Warehouse parking lot.

In Unity, Waldo County Sheriff’s Office personnel went to two accidents Monday afternoon. Detective Matt Curtis said that mail carrier Jean Asadoorian, 51, of Unity was delivering mail on Clark Road at 1:25 p.m. when she lost control, went off the road and struck a tree.

She suffered a possible arm fracture, Curtis said, and was taken for treatment to Inland Hospital in Waterville by the Unity Ambulance.

“The cause of the accident was road conditions,” he said. “Every dirt road is just glazed right over. The rain’s freezing on the road.”

Asadoorian’s Mercury Mountaineer was a total loss, he said, with damage estimated at about $5,000.

Curtis said that another accident on Stagecoach Road caused no injuries.

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