Three separate adjacent accidents on Route 9 close roadway for over an hour, trooper says

Posted March 19, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.

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EDDINGTON, Maine — A pickup truck that hit a utility pole on Route 9 Tuesday morning led to a series of other minor collisions in the same area that shut down the major road for more than an hour, Maine State Police Trooper Jonah O’Roak said.

No one was injured.

Jordan Rivers, 20, of Winter Harbor was driving a 2000 Chevy truck on Route 9 about a mile east of the intersection with Route 178 when she lost control in the snowy conditions, did a 180-degree turn and slammed into the pole rear-end first, breaking the pole in two.

The pole’s wires fell onto the truck and she was stuck inside while Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. crews removed them. The roadway was closed, and “Eddington Fire [Department] got her safely out of the vehicle,” O’Roak said.

While emergency crews were freeing Rivers, “another vehicle hit a DOT plow truck stuck in traffic,” the trooper said.

A female juvenile was behind the wheel of the white ’99 Volkswagen convertible and caused minor damage to her vehicle when she struck the stopped plow truck, O’Roak said.

“A third fender bender [occurred when] a DOT pickup truck was bumped into by a sedan,” the trooper said, adding the collision was very minor and non-reportable.

The roadway was closed at 11:30 a.m. and reopened at about 1 p.m., a Penobscot County Regional Communications dispatcher said.

Due to unsafe road conditions, Bangor Hydro repair crews are not going to replace the broken pole immediately, Bangor Hydro spokeswoman Susan Faloon said.

Crews will return at a later date to replace the pole, she said.

Despite the damage to the pole, Rivers was able to drive the pickup away, O’Roak said.

The accidents in Eddington were just a few of the 15 collisions and slide-offs that the trooper dealt with during Tuesday’s storm, he said.

“There was no injury in any of them,” O’Roak said.

Watch for updates.


An earlier version of this story requires correction. Route 9 was closed about a mile east, not north, of its junction with Route 178. Earlier versions of this story also reported incorrectly that a Bangor Hydro Electric Co. truck was struck by a vehicle. The report was based on erroneous information provided to the BDN.