BRIDGEWATER, Maine — A tractor-trailer that hit a patch of black ice here Wednesday morning struck a utility pole and rolled over, blocking traffic on U.S. Route 1 for several hours.
The driver and owner of the truck, Abdellatif Majji, 56, of Las Vegas, and his passenger, Fatima Hmidouche, 36, of Las Vegas, were not injured, but the tractor truck was destroyed, according to state police Trooper Dan Marquis.
The tractor-trailer was heading south at about 5:40 a.m. on Route 1 with a load of rolls of paper from Fraser Paper in Madawaska when it hit the black ice and the driver lost control, according to a press release issued by state police. The rig skidded off the road, clipped a utility pole and rolled over onto its side.
Traffic was diverted to Boundary Line Road as members of the Bridgewater Fire Department, the Maine Department of Transportation and Emera Maine worked at the scene to fix the utility pole.
Marquis said that roads were slick Wednesday morning but improved as the day went on.
After the paper was offloaded, the tractor-trailer was towed from the scene and the road was reopened by 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
State Troopers Adam Bell, Nick Casavant, Robert Flynn and Darryl Pelletier assisted with the investigation.