WATERVILLE — A Newport woman escaped serious injury Thursday morning when her car went out of control on the Messalonskee Stream bridge of Interstate 95, struck bridge abutments and landed on its roof, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

“Troopers said 49-year-old Melissa Ames of Newport lost control of her Honda Civic while passing another vehicle in the northbound lanes,” McCausland said in a news release. “The falling rain had started to freeze on the bridge’s surface. Her car struck abutments on both sides of the bridge and then overturned, coming to rest on its roof in the center of the bridge.”

He said Ames suffered minor cuts and was treated by ambulance workers at the scene.

Her car was the only vehicle involved in the crash, which caused a traffic backup in the northbound lanes to Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville, according to McCausland.

“Although the morning temperatures were in the low 40s, State Police remind motorists that bridge surfaces are the first to freeze and motorists need to adjust their speed when crossing them,” he said.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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