May 30, 2024

It’s not winter yet, but who could tell?

Emergency crews throughout eastern and central Maine, including Penobscot and Hancock counties, were kept busy Saturday and Sunday with accidents resulting from slippery, snow-covered roads.

On Sunday afternoon a Castine woman was injured in a single-car accident on Route 166.

According to Trooper Dan Ryan of the Maine State Police, Lisa May, 46, was traveling on Route 166 at about 12:45 p.m. The road was slippery, Ryan said, and as she came around a curve, she lost control of her 1997 Dodge pickup truck, which slid off the road and struck a large tree, demolishing the truck.

Emergency crews from the Penobscot and Castine fire departments and Bagaduce Ambulance responded to the call and used hydraulic tools to remove May from the vehicle. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known, but she may have suffered several broken bones, Ryan said.

Peninsula Ambulance took the woman to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate report on her condition.

Police responded to numerous other accident reports around Hancock County throughout the day. No other serious injuries were reported.

A two-vehicle accident Sunday night injured a 48-year-old woman from Brooklin and closed Route 1A in Dedham for about two hours.

According to Deputy Rob Morang of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, whose name was not released Sunday night, was headed south on Route 1A when the accident occurred.

Her vehicle, a Ford Escort, drifted over the centerline into the path of a Freightliner box truck driven by Jason Plummer, 36, of Kittery. The two vehicles collided head-on.

The impact sent the box truck into the ditch on the side of the road where it flipped onto its roof. The Ford wound up in the southbound breakdown lane.

Initial reports indicated that the woman was unconscious inside the vehicle after the crash, but according to Morang, she was awake and responsive while emergency crews removed her from the vehicle. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where she was reported to be in stable condition late Sunday night. Her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

Lt. Pat Kane of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office joined the investigation to reconstruct the accident. A section of Route 1A in Dedham was closed to traffic while the officers investigated the accident. In addition, officers from the Dedham Fire Department, Holden and Ellsworth police departments and the Maine State Police assisted at the scene.

Saturday police closed a section of Route 1A between Dedham and Ellsworth after a minor accident involving a tractor-trailer in Dedham. The road remained closed for a time until road crews could sand and plow a hilly section of that road, officials said.

In Franklin, five people, including three children, were injured in a two-car accident on Route 182 Saturday morning.

According to Trooper Tom Pickering of the Maine State Police, Sabrina Priest, 28, of Dennysville was traveling west on Route 182 near the Hancock town line when she lost control on the snow-covered road. Her 2000 Dodge Caravan crossed the centerline into the path of a 2002 Toyota pickup driven by John Dacorte, 45, of Mount Desert. The two vehicles hit almost head-on, Pickering said.

No one in the pickup was injured.

Priest and a passenger in her van, Janet Small, 51, no address available, along with three of the four children in the van whose names and ages were not available, were taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Pickering said the road had not been plowed or sanded at the time of the accident.

In Alton, two people suffered minor injuries when the Jeep they were in slid off southbound Interstate 95 and rolled over several times before coming to rest in the median on the passenger side.

Richard Pahilan, 30, of Millinocket was driving his 2001 Jeep Liberty when he lost control of the vehicle about 11:30 a.m., according to the Maine State Police.

His passenger, Maria Noval, 59, of Millinocket, was pinned in the passenger seat, Trooper Christopher Hashey said. She had to be extricated from the Jeep.

Pahilan was driving too fast for the road conditions that turned icy on the interstate around Howland, police said.

Both were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries that were not life-threatening, Hashey said.

The Jeep was demolished, according to the trooper.

Pahilan’s accident appeared to be the most serious of about half a dozen that occurred on I-95 between Howland and Bangor between about 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to state police.

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