OSBORN, Maine — All three occupants of a car that slid off Route 9 on a curve, rolled over multiple times and crashed into trees had to be rescued from the car and hospitalized Monday afternoon.
The crash was one of several as conditions ranging from snow and sleet squalls to rain and black ice made driving treacherous.
Shannon Wilcox, 35, of Columbia was driving her Ford Contour around a wide curve on Route 9 around 4:15 p.m. when the tires began to slide.
“It was likely either black ice because there was moisture in the air and some frost on the roadway,” said Maine State Police Trooper Greg Roy, who went to the accident from the Hancock County barracks.
Wilcox was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be freed after her car slid off the road and down a steep embankment Roy estimated to be 16 to 20 feet.
“The car rolled two or three times going down and came to stop in a stand of trees on the edge of the road,” Roy said. “It took probably an hour to free them from the vehicle.”
Roy said Wilcox and passengers David Wilcox, 39, also of Columbia and 56-year-old Winthrop Harrington of East Machias suffered what appeared to be serious injuries involving extensive bleeding and broken bones. None of the three were wearing seat belts and all had to be carried on backboards up the embankment by emergency responders.
All three were taken by Brewer Rescue to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. They were being evaluated in the emergency room at press time.
Fire and rescue vehicles from Aurora and Osborn Fire Departments went to the scene.
Slick road conditions in Washington County on Monday evening resulted in a rash of accidents that kept sheriff’s deputies busy, according to dispatchers.
Six accidents were reported in Washington County, according to a dispatcher with the county’s regional emergency communications center. Some of those were rollovers, but none resulted in any serious injury, he added.
Washington County sheriff’s deputies answered reports of accidents in Harrington, Jonesport, Pembroke, Trescott, Whiting and at the Cherryfield/Harrington town line. The accidents resulted in “bumps and bruises,” the dispatcher said, and were being blamed on possible freezing rain.
An earlier version of this story contained a spelling error. The single-car rollover occurred in Osborn, not Osborne.