Police report series of accidents, including rollover in Eddington

Eddington and Holden firefighters and EMTs went to the scene of an accident on Route 46 in Eddington on Thursday morning.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Eddington and Holden firefighters and EMTs went to the scene of an accident on Route 46 in Eddington on Thursday morning.
Posted Dec. 26, 2013, at 10:04 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 26, 2013, at 8:41 p.m.

EDDINGTON, Maine — Four rollovers have been reported in the Bangor area Thursday morning, officials said, warning people to be cautious of the road conditions.

Sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel went to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover on Route 46, according to a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher.

Maine State Police handled three rollovers, said Lt. Wes Hussey of the state police Orono barracks. The rollovers happened in Mattamiscontis Township and on Interstate 95 near mile markers 192 and 249.

“Since [4 a.m.] we’ve had 18 motor vehicle-related issues,” the lieutenant said.

Troopers had handled three crashes involving injuries, six crashes that involved property damage only, two vehicles sliding off the road, three vehicles that needed a tow or wrecker and four stranded motorists.

Shortly before 7 p.m., the Maine Department of Transportation issued an alert notifying drivers that Route 3, also known as Belmont Road, was closed on Belmont Hill because of accidents and plowtrucks breaking down. The obstructions were cleared and the roadway reopened shortly after 8 p.m., the transportation department reported.

“As with any inclement weather it probably was driving too fast for conditions,” Hussey said of the Thursday crashes.

The Eddington accident was reported shortly before 10 a.m. and occurred near the Route 46 intersection with Route 9, according to Trooper Tucker Bonnevie.

Laurie Stinson, 40, of Eddington and her 11-year old daughter were heading towards Holden on Route 46 when Stinson lost control of her Oldsmobile SUV, Bonnevie said.

The vehicle spun around 180 degrees and wound up on its side against a tree, the trooper said. Stinson and her daughter were taken out of the vehicle through the sunroof and brought to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Bonnevie said Stinson likely was driving too fast for the road conditions.

The Maine Turnpike Authority reported shortly after 2 p.m. a vehicle rolled over in the southbound lanes near Wells, and the passing lanes in both directions of the highway were blocked in the area.

BDN writers Nok-Noi Ricker and Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

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