Icy and slushy road conditions, often combined with speed, led to several motor vehicle accidents Monday morning but no injuries.

Cpl. Justin Brown of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said Gregory Gallant, 23, of Royal Avenue, Rumford, rolled his 1989 Ford Ranger pickup truck about 10:30 a.m. as he was traveling south along Route 17 in Roxbury near the Frye crossing.

Speed and the slush-covered road caused the truck to shoot across the road, strike a snowbank, and roll over. Gallant was wearing a safety belt.

Roxbury Fire Department provided traffic control for 20 minutes.

The pickup truck was destroyed.

About 45 minutes later, Sgt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department, who first responded to the Gallant crash, investigated a one-vehicle wreck along Swift River Road, also known as Route 120, just south of the Black Bridge.

Kariston Lothrop, 21, of Hancock Street, Rumford, was driving south in a 2000 Chrysler Voyager van when it struck a patch of ice, slid into a mailbox on the opposite side of the road, then struck a 1997 Ford pickup truck parked in the driveway and owned by Jennie Wahl. Neither Lothrop nor a male passenger with her was injured. The van sustained about $2,000 damage. The Ranger was not damaged.

Brown said ice was the cause of a total of $4,000 in damage to three vehicles in a parking lot at the Sunday River Ski Resort about 8 a.m. Monday. One vehicle hit another, then that one hit a third vehicle that was parked. No one was injured.

Brown said two other vehicles were reported off the road Monday morning, one in Canton and a second in Gilead. Both were left under their own power by time Brown arrived.


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