Slick roads, white out conditions cause multiple accidents in Aroostook

Posted Feb. 18, 2013, at 7:01 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Slippery roads and white-out conditions caused multiple accidents in Aroostook County over the past two days, including one on Monday in which a tractor-trailer jackknifed in Bridgewater, shutting Route 1 down for about two hours.

Michael Callery, 42, of Grafton, Mass., was operating a 2007 International tractor trailer headed northbound on Route 1 when he lost control on the icy road going up a hill and jackknifed the rig, according to a news release from Sgt. Josh Haines of the Maine State Police.

The tractor trailer blocked the roadway and caused another truck and trailer from Missouri to drive off the road, Haines reported in the release issued Monday evening. Route 1 was shut down for nearly two hours as two wreckers worked to clear the roadway.

No one was injured, though significant damage was sustained to the passenger sleeper portion of Callery’s tractor, Haines reported.

The sergeant urged motorists to drive with extreme caution and stay off the roads unless travel is required.

Members of the Maine Department of Transportation and Border Patrol assisted at the scene with traffic control. Trooper Shawn Whalen, Sgt. Brian Harris and Haines covered the crashes.

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