Northern Oxford County saw approximately a half-dozen storm-related crashes by late Monday afternoon.

“People are more aware of driving in the snow,” Mexico police Chief Jim Theriault said. “Most accidents happen during the first snowstorms.”

His town experienced two accidents. One happened around 11 a.m. on Highland Terrace when a car slid off the road into a snowbank, resulting in no damage. A second occurred on Sun Valley Circle at 2:30 p.m. when a private plow truck accidentally backed into a parked car. No one was injured and no damage resulted, Theriault said.

In Rumford, officer Eric Lippincott investigated a two-vehicle crash at 11:35 a.m. when Richard Kreis, 61, of Maine Avenue couldn’t stop his 1988 GMC van on the slippery road as he was heading down the avenue. His van collided with a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Kim Hamel, 43, of Kerr Street, Rumford, at the intersection of Maine Avenue and Hancock Street.

A 13-year-old boy who was a passenger in one of the vehicles was evaluated at the scene by Med-Care Ambulance Service and was determined to be unhurt. Kreis’ van sustained $200 damage while Hamel’s Cruiser sustained about $1,200 damage.

An Oxford County dispatcher said she had received two crash calls for Paris, one in Rumford, one in Mexico, and one for Dixfield as of late Monday afternoon. None resulted in injury.

According to the National Weather Service, the northern Oxford area was expected to get up to eight inches of snow Monday, then several more Monday night into today.


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