Deputy warns of drifting snow after pair of accidents in Stetson

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 9:56 p.m.

STETSON, Maine — If moose, deer and black ice aren’t enough to watch out for, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department deputies are warning drivers to beware of drifting snow, which has caused a couple of car crashes in this area.

Snowdrifts caused two accidents within a 24-hour period in the Stetson area, but drivers were lucky enough to avoid injury in both cases.

The most recent crash occurred on Village Road near the intersection with Everett Landing Road around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“The sole occupant was a female driver. It was dark and there were large amounts of snow drifting into the road. She hit a clump of snow, went off the road and rolled over,” said Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy James Kennedy.

The woman, a 20-year-old from Stetson, was uninjured and damage to her 2003 Chevy Cavalier was limited to a partially caved-in roof and a blown-out front windshield. The Cavalier was towed and she got a ride from the scene with her husband after being checked out by Stetson Fire and Rescue personnel.

“The car came to rest in a snowbank at the front of a field just off the road, so that minimized the damage that could have been done,” said Kennedy.

“I had the same type of accident last night on Route 2 in Etna where drifting snow in the road sent another car off the road,” Kennedy added.

Again, the driver was uninjured. The car also wasn’t badly damaged.

“The way the wind’s been blowing the last couple days, portions of roads near open fields have a lot of blowing snow accumulating on them and packing down, making it difficult to keep your traction,” said Kennedy.

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