May 26, 2018
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Seat belt likely saved Brunswick woman in rollover accident

(photo courtesy of Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department) | BDN
(photo courtesy of Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department) | BDN
By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

WEST BATH, Maine — A Brunswick woman was lucky to walk away unscathed after a rollover accident early Friday that police blamed on black ice.

Anita Mantaif, 42, was alone in her 2000 Ford Explorer at about 7:30 a.m. at the time of the accident. Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dale Hamilton said Mantaif was merging onto Route 1’s northbound lane at the New Meadows exit in West Bath when the vehicle lost control, flipped and came to rest upside down with its bumper against the guardrail.

Mantaif was evaluated at the scene by rescue personnel from Bath and West Bath but was not hospitalized, said Hamilton, who said Mantaif was wearing her seat belt. The vehicle was totalled.

Hamilton said the area near the New Meadows exit is known as an accident hotspot on Route 1, possibly because it is in a valley and typically freezes sooner than the rest of the highway. The valley was swathed in thick fog Friday morning while areas to the north and south of it were clear. Hamilton said that was typical of the unique weather in the mile-long stretch, though he said the fog and visibility did not appear to play a factor in Friday’s crash.

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