PARIS — Wednesday’s storm sent vehicles sliding off roads across Oxford County.

In Paris, a Coca-Cola tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 119 near the Hebron town line at around 11 a.m. The road was closed and traffic was diverted for about four hours until the truck could be moved.

According to Lt. Michael Dailey of the Paris police, the driver reported that another car had cut him off, causing him to have to stop quickly. The trailer then swung around across the road. The driver was not injured, Dailey said.

Traffic was redirected down to East Oxford Road.

Dailey said a heavy-duty tow truck was able to pull the semi straight and up a hill. “Hopefully he’s well on his way,” Daily said.

Steve Cordwell, a supervisor at the Oxford County Regional Communications center, said he hadn’t heard about any injuries but there had been about a dozen slide-offs and other accidents reported by mid-afternoon.

“It was fairly quiet this morning, then we started getting a rash of them in the Norway-Paris area,” he said.

He said in snowstorms, “It’s just a matter of if people stay off the roads. They did for a while, then they decided to get out, I guess.”

Norway reported little activity during the blizzard.

“So far so good,” said Fire Chief Dennis Yates late Wednesday afternoon.

In Otisfield, Fire Chief Mike Hooker said the department responded to a car fire on Bean Road at about 10:30 a.m. According to Hooker an unidentified Otisfield man was driving home from an airport in New Hampshire when the engine compartment of the 2010 Chevy burst into flames. The man was able to escape unharmed. Firefighters kept the flames contained to the engine compartment, Hooker said.


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