LINCOLN, Maine ― Slippery conditions caused by light snowfall caused two accidents that stalled traffic on West Broadway and Penobscot Valley Avenue late Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported, officials said.
A red pickup truck heading south on West Broadway slid into a utility pole at Lincoln Trading and Pawn, 29 West Broadway, at about 4 p.m. The driver of the pickup, a woman, told police that the vehicle in front of hers stopped suddenly and she slid into the pole while trying to avoid it.
Utility lines from the pole crossed West Broadway near the railroad tracks and Main Street intersection. Lincoln Public Works Director David Lloyd, who was driving a town pickup truck and plow a few vehicles behind the accident, held traffic on one side until police arrived.
An 18-wheel truck on the south side of the accident kept traffic at bay until firefighters arrived. The road was closed for a few hours.
Shortly after the accident, a truck slid off Penobscot Valley Avenue near Penobscot Valley Hospital and Enfield Road, stalling traffic for almost a half an hour. Officials blamed the snowfall and light rain that was falling at the time for the accidents.
Power outages were also reported by Bangor Hydro Electric Co. in Lincoln and in parts of several surrounding towns and unincorporated areas Tuesday afternoon.