Authorities in central Maine reported a handful of car accidents Monday morning caused by slick road conditions, the result of some freezing rain and temperatures edging just below freezing.
In Madison, two women were taken to the hospital after the sport-utility vehicle they were driving rolled over on its side. A patch of black ice that the driver thought was a puddle of water was the cause of the accident on White School House Road, according to Cpl. Joe Mitchell of the Madison Police Department.
“She lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected,” Mitchell said. “She hit a frozen snowbank and the vehicle fell over on its side.”
The driver, Lucy Gray, 62, of Madison, and a passenger, Pamela Arinze, 61, also of Madison, were taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, said Mitchell.
“It’s on days like this when the temperature is just a little below freezing that people think these spots on the road are wet, and they’re actually black ice,” said Mitchell. “A lot of people have had this problem today. They’re flying off the interstate today.”
In Waterville, police around 8 a.m. Monday had responded to two vehicle rollovers on Interstate 95 northbound.
Waterville police dispatchers said around 8:20 a.m. that Maine State Police were still at one accident scene and had cleared another. The accidents occurred during the morning commute and arrival of a sudden bout of freezing rain.
A state police dispatcher said that a lot of vehicles had slid off the road but no serious injuries were reported.