A Clinton couple traveling on Interstate 95 escaped injury after ice and snow fell off a bridge and crashed through their pickup truck’s windshield Friday afternoon.

Nancy Hanson, 41, was driving the truck in the southbound lanes toward exit 132 when the accident occurred about 3:45 p.m., Maine State Trooper Rick Moody said.

A small chunk of ice and some heavy wet snow from an overpass smashed a hole in the driver’s side of the truck’s windshield, showering glass over Hanson before she managed to pull over to the shoulder, Moody said.

The Hansons told police the ice and snow was pushed over the bridge by a plow truck, Moody said. Neither of them were injured.

Most of the broken glass from the windshield fell on Hanson and missed her husband, Jeffrey Hanson, 47, sitting beside her in the 1995 Chevrolet truck, Moody said. They were both wearing seatbelts at the time.

Emergency responders helped clean the bits of broken glass off Nancy Hanson and truck’s cab. The couple didn’t have any injuries, their truck was towed from the scene and no tickets were issued, Moody said.


Moody said the falling snow was an accident and no tickets will be issued to the plow truck driver.

Bruce Williams, director of public works for Fairfield, declined to comment Saturday, saying he will look into the matter when he returns to work Tuesday.

Messages left with the state transportation offices were not returned Saturday.

At the time of the accident, the speed limit on the highway was reduced to 45 mph from the usual 65 mph because of the winter storm, Moody said.

Moody, who works out of the Skowhegan state police barracks, said he responded to 13 crashes on the interstate during a six-hour period Friday, starting about 11:30 a.m.

None of the crashes resulted in personal injury. A section of the interstate near Augusta was closed for about 20 minutes after a tractor-trailer truck skidded off the road, Moody said.


“The whole day was a mess,” he said.

The Hansons described the plow truck passing over the bridge as a large municipal vehicle, Moody said, adding it was probably a plow from either the Maine Department of Transportation or town of Fairfield.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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