Between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan.19, police from all local law enforcement agencies were busy covering a total of 29 property damage accidents due to the snow-covered roads.

“Most of them were just people skidding off the road,” said Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating. “We had a tractor-trailer hung up on Route 3 because it couldn’t get up over the hill.”

Police stayed busy responding to accident scenes in Searsmont, Waldo, Lincolnville, Montville, Knox, Burnham and Northport.

Keating said officers with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, the Belfast Police Department and the Maine State Police were fortunate in that none of those agencies encountered accidents that resulted in serious injury or death. Keating noted the Searsport Police Department was not so lucky, having had to cover a five-car pileup that resulted in the death of a Scarborough man and left a Searsport couple critically injured (see related story).

“We were very fortunate here,” said Keating. “Though we were very busy throughout the day, there was nothing serious, and nothing that resulted in serious injury.”

Belfast Police Chief Jeff Trafton said the same was true for the accidents his officers covered.

“Nobody was seriously hurt,” he said.