June 21, 2018
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Black ice blamed for crash, injuries in Union

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — A 28-year-old Jefferson man is in fair condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after the pickup truck he was in rolled over Tuesday morning due to black ice, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Derek Hinkley was a passenger in a 2001 GMC truck driven by Randy Heald, 32, of Jefferson when the vehicle came upon a section of Route 17 in Union that was covered by black ice, police said. The truck was heading east when it encountered the ice-covered stretch of road and flipped onto its roof in a ditch at about 6:30 a.m..

Heald was not injured but Hinkley suffered head, neck and back injuries and was flown by a Lifeflight helicopter to EMMC, police reported.

The vehicle was destroyed in the crash.

Following the accident, the sheriff’s office issued a news release reminding motorists that cold weather is here and that black ice will remain on the roads longer in the early morning hours and particularly where the road is shaded.

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