LINCOLN, Maine — Emergency workers in the Lincoln area handled three weather-related accidents in a 40-minute span Monday as snow and sleet combined to make the roadways slick and treacherous.
Two women were injured and taken to the hospital and another driver car hit a tree on someone’s front lawn but was not hospitalized.
The rash of accidents began at 3:19 p.m. when an unidentified woman’s Toyota Camry slid across oncoming traffic just past the yield sign and into a tractor-trailer truck on Access Road as she was taking the exit off Interstate 95, according to Lincoln and Howland Fire Chief Phil Dawson Jr.
The tractor-trailer truck, which caused massive front-end damage to the Camry, was headed toward I-95.
“The snow hit like gangbusters with little hail pellets and turned everything white inside of 30 seconds,” said one of the firemen at the Chester Fire Department. “It lasted about 45 minutes or so.”
Dawson said accumulation on the ground varied from a quarter inch of snow/sleet in Howland and maybe a half inch or more in the Lincoln area.
The woman was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital. Neither her identity nor her condition were available at press time.
Another accident occurred near the Knights of Columbus Hall on West Broadway in South Lincoln.
A young woman headed toward Lincoln was injured when her Pontiac Sunfire skidded across the road and into a telephone pole around 4 p.m. The car was totaled and she was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital, but neither her name nor condition were available at press time.
Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. crews were on site repairing the pole at 6:20 p.m.
The third accident happened on Route 6 near Frost Street. A man’s car slid off the road and into a tree around 3:52 p.m. The driver suffered no injuries.