Mid-week storm sends drivers slipping and sliding

By Tanya Mitchell | Jan 16, 2013
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Belfast emergency crews at work at the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Belfast Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Belfast — The winter storm that hit the Midcoast area Wednesday, Jan. 16, kept local law enforcement busy helping motorists out of ditches, but police say none of the weather-related crashes resulted in life-threatening injuries.

In Belfast, police, fire and ambulance attendants responded to a two-vehicle accident on Route 1 near Admiral's Ocean Inn at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Initial reports about the collision, which involved a pickup truck and a passenger car, indicated two people were injured — a 66-year-old male who was complaining of pain in his ankle and a 77-year-old woman who reportedly suffered facial injuries in the crash.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the crash remains under investigation, but that neither of the drivers suffered life-threatening injuries — he said both were able to walk to the ambulance unassisted to obtain medical treatment. The drivers were the only occupants in their respective vehicles, McFadden said.

McFadden said Belfast police covered a couple of car accidents where vehicle occupants suffered minor injuries in some cases, but none he would describe as serious in nature. "In town here, the county and the Maine State Police are typically busier than we are, because our highway department does a good job with the roads here."

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said officers responded to at least seven minor accidents across the county, many of which involved drivers losing control on the snowy roads and skidding into ditches. Trafton said there was one accident in Freedom where the driver hit a guardrail and sustained a scrape on her arm, but other than that the crashes did not result in injury.

"There were no personal injury-type accidents at all, just property damage," said Trafton.

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