Slick roads on the morning after Christmas sent some vehicles sliding off roads, but drivers were spared major injuries.

Sgt. Tim Holland of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office responded to three accidents between 4:20 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

“It was so bad you couldn’t stay on the road this morning,” he said.

Marie Mowatt, 30, of Mexico lost control of her 1997 Subaru station wagon early Tuesday on Valley Road in Peru. It slipped off the road and between a telephone pole and its guide wire.

“She was very lucky. It’s like threading a needle,” Holland said. He estimated her car had about $1,000 in damage, but she was unhurt.

Holland later responded to a 9 a.m. report of an accident on Route 219 in Hartford, near the Turner line.

Ashley Dudley, 19, of Buckfield, had lost control of her 2000 Pontiac, spinning around and landing in a ditch. Holland said she hit a good-sized rock and did about $1,000 in damage to her car.

Holland also helped Gregory Dussault, 39, of Mechanic Falls, whose 2006 Chevy Malibu flipped onto its side after he lost control of his vehicle at 10:20 a.m. and it spun around on Route 140 in Hartford. The car went into a ditch and landed on its side. Holland said Dussault was not injured, but that his car will likely need between $1,000 and $1,200 worth of work.

State police responded to two other accidents Tuesday morning, one on Route 140 in Hartford shortly before 6 a.m., and another before 8 a.m in Hebron. The driver in the first accident, Amanda Coffin, 25, had to be taken for medical treatment by Buckfield Rescue. Her SUV flipped onto its side after she lost control of it, according to Trooper Corey Smith.

Smith also responded to an accident on Route 119 in Hebron, near the Paris line, when a compact car driven by Adam Doughty, 24, of Paris, traveled down an embankment and flipped on its roof. Smith said Doughty had complained of pain but refused medical attention.

“Slippery roads were a contributing factor,” Smith said.


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