June 22, 2018
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Slick roads cause multiple crashes in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three vehicles that sustained a total of $20,000 in estimated damage were among several vehicles that fell prey to slick driving conditions in Hancock County between late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, according to police.

In all, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department responded to four weather-related accidents in less than 24 hours.

Two cars that collided on Route 1A in Dedham a few minutes before 5 p.m. Monday sustained an estimated total of $13,000 in damage, the sheriff’s department indicated in accident summaries.

That accident happened when a 1999 GMC pickup truck, driven by Eileen T. York, 26, of Howland, drove up behind a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by Erik R. Vandebogart, 32, of Dedham. Both vehicles were headed south toward Ellsworth when the GMC failed to slow down in the slippery conditions and rear-ended the Chrysler, Deputy Jeff McFarland wrote in the accident summary. The GMC truck sustained $5,000 in damage and the Chrysler $8,000 worth, according to McFarland. He did not report any injuries to either driver.

Another vehicle sustained an estimated $7,000 in damage when it slid off Route 3 in Trenton around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, McFarland wrote in a separate summary. In that accident, Charles P. Stephens, 48, of Brewer was driving a 2003 Honda CRV south toward Bar Harbor when he lost traction on a right-hand curve, slid across the northbound lane and went off the pavement. The car hit an embankment and rolled over, McFarland said. Stephens suffered an abrasion on his left arm but refused medical treatment at the scene, the deputy added.

Deputies dealt with two other weather-related accidents on Monday. One of them occurred around 4:45 p.m. in Dedham, when a 2006 Toyota pickup truck slid off on Route 1A. The truck, driven by Joseph K. Dwyer, 24, of Madison, sustained $200 damage when it spun and struck a guardrail, according to the accident report.

Another occurred around 5 p.m. on Airport Road in Stonington when a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck slid off the road and hit several trees, according to Deputy Scott Kane. Kane wrote in an accident summary that the truck had reportable damage. He did not provide a dollar estimate for the damage, nor did he report any injuries to the driver, Jonathan Klemenz, 29, of Stonington.

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