Slick roads contribute to accidents on I-95

A wrecker tries to remove a vehicle from a guard rail along Rt. 114 in Gorham as this and many other motorists  encountered icy road conditions Tuesday.
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A wrecker tries to remove a vehicle from a guard rail along Rt. 114 in Gorham as this and many other motorists encountered icy road conditions Tuesday.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 25, 2011, at 3:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police responded to more than 45 daytime accidents on Tuesday, and miraculously none resulted in major injury, dispatchers from three area law enforcement agencies reported as the sun set for

the day.

“There are too many to count,” Maine State Police dispatcher Rob King, who is based at the Orono barracks, said at about 5:30 p.m. about the number of accident reports. “There are cars off [the road] literally everywhere.”

The calls for help began to occur at around noon, he said. Several portions of Interstate 95 in the Bangor area were closed at around 3 p.m. by crashes and rollovers reported along highway that Orono-based troopers cover, another dispatcher said.

Penobscot Regional Communications Center’s law incident report for between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. shows 46 accidents with only four listed as having possible injuries. A PRCC dispatcher said at 5:35 p.m. that “we haven’t had any serious — mostly it’s people off the road.”

The Bangor Police Department, which handled 17 of those 46 accidents, issued a warning to drivers at around 2:30 p.m. to take extra care while driving.

“Please be very careful driving,” Sgt. Paul Edwards posted on the department’s Facebook page. “Driving conditions are very slippery as it continues to snow in the area, especially on highways and intersections.”

All crashes were minor in nature and most appeared to be property damage only, he said.

Edwards said he believes black ice hidden underneath the light snow is to blame for the slippery roads.

“They didn’t quite get it [the ice] all cleaned up here and then it snowed,” he said. “People have got to slow down, especially at intersections.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/01/25/news/bangor/portions-of-i-95-closed-due-to-slick-roads-accidents/ printed on July 30, 2014