June 20, 2018
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Trooper, Michigan couple escape injury in Falmouth Spur black-ice accident

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FALMOUTH, Maine — A Maine State Police trooper and a Michigan couple escaped injury Tuesday morning when their vehicles collided on the Falmouth Spur, police said.

Trooper Fern Cloutier was headed eastbound on the spur when he hit a patch of black ice near the Falmouth Road overpass, according to state police Sgt. Jim Urquhart.

Cloutier had exited the Maine Turnpike and was headed toward Interstate 295.

The ice caused Cloutier’s vehicle to rear-end a Dodge minivan operated by Nels Nyblad, 59, of Michigan, Urquhart said. Nyblad’s wife, Luanne, 50, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Cloutier’s 2009 Crown Victoria cruiser struck a guardrail after hitting the van, Urquhart said. The van wound up going through a mile marker sign before coming to rest off the side of the highway. Both vehicles were total losses.

Falmouth Rescue responded to the scene but neither Cloutier nor the Nyblads required a trip to the hospital, according to Urquhart.

Urquhart said Cloutier will return to duty on his next shift.

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