FAIRFIELD — Icy weather was a contributing factor in an accident Saturday that injured three people, tore a car in half and closed U.S. Route 201 for four hours.

Fairfield Police Sgt. Matthew Bard said one of the injured people — Andrea Lewis, 27, of Waterville — is in critical condition.

The crash occurred about 10:30 a.m., Bard said.

Lewis was driving a gray 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier south on U.S. 201 and was passing two cars on a straight stretch of the two-way highway just south of Ohio Hill Road, Bard said.

While attempting to re-enter the southbound lane, Lewis lost control of the car and drifted sideways into the oncoming lane, Bard said. Her car was struck on the right side by a 2010 Ford Edge driven by Jacob Perron, 29, of Brunswick. A female passenger was in Perron’s truck, but Bard couldn’t confirm her identity.

Lewis’ car was split into two halves. The back half remained on the road, while the front half skidded about 50 feet away and off the pavement.

Perron’s truck, which sustained heavy front-end damage, ended up in a ditch about 100 feet from the road.

Skowhegan resident Katie Quimby witnessed the accident while driving to work. She later filed a statement with Fairfield police.

Quimby said Lewis had just passed her when the accident happened. Quimby immediately pulled over, got out and approached Lewis, who had been thrown into the rear half of the Cavalier.

Lewis had a serious injury to her right leg, but she was conscious and acknowledged questions, Quimby said.

Lewis, Perron and the unidentified woman were taken from the scene by Delta Ambulance Service. Lewis was taken to Inland Hospital and later transferred to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Bard said speed and weather conditions were factors in the crash.

Elsewhere in the state, icy roads are to blame for several accidents, including three crashes that left four people dead.

In Gardiner, Dennis Kay, 62, of Gardiner, and Carlton Norwood, 25, of Pittston, were killed Saturday morning when their van crashed on ice-covered Brunswick Avenue. A third man, Thomas Bourque, 29, of Randolph, was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

In Edinburg, north of Bangor, an elderly woman died after a crash Saturday afternoon in the northbound lane of Interstate 95 near mile 213.

In Bowdoin, police dispatchers confirmed that one person was killed Saturday afternoon when a vehicle hit a tree on Augusta Road.

Additional details of Edinburg and Bowdoin crashes were unavailable Saturday evening.

Ben McCanna — 861-9239

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