June 23, 2018
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Crashes piling up across Penobscot County as snow falls Saturday

By Nell Gluckman and Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Emergency agencies across the county and state were dealing with dozens of vehicle crashes as snow piled up Saturday afternoon.

Trooper Forrest Simpson of the Maine State Police said about 10 accidents occurred within 20 minutes in the Etna area on Saturday afternoon. He said the part of I-95 between exits 162 and 167 is at a higher elevation than the rest of the highway, making the air temperature colder and the driving conditions worse.

Just after 2 p.m., Simpson said that none of the accidents state police had responded to thus far involved life-threatening injuries. He added that a woman who is 30 weeks pregnant went to the hospital with a bloody nose, but that the injury was not severe.

Simpson said most accidents occurred when drivers lost control of their vehicles because of slippery roads.

“I’ve talked to a few people who had their cruise control on,” he said. “Next thing you know, you’re spinning.”

“Keep your cruise control off,” he said.

Penobscot County dispatchers confirmed that first responders were scrambling to keep up as vehicles slid off the interstate and main roads.

Among the accidents reported on Saturday afternoon were a Ford Excursion that slid off the road near Etna and a Toyota Tundra that rolled over and landed on its side in Carmel.

About 4 inches of snow is expected to fall by the time the snow winds down Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.


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