LEWISTON — Dropping temperatures and precipitation caused dangerous driving conditions and an onslaught of car and truck crashes across the state.  

Oxford County Sheriff’s dispatch reported 22 accidents from 3:30 through 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with calls still coming in. 

By 5 p.m., there were six rollovers and multiple other crashes around central and western Maine.

Franklin County dispatch said they had “a lot of accidents” but were unsure of the exact number. At 8:15 p.m., all available emergency responders were out at different scenes. Dispatch said roads were dangerous and icy. 

Emergency officials said there were no serious injuries, but it was unknown if anyone had been transported to local hospitals to receive medical attention. 

The first call came in for a truck rollover at 4:42 p.m. on Norway Road in Waterford with unknown personal injury. 


Following that in quick succession were calls from Lane Road in Mechanic Falls, Canton Road in Rumford and Gore Road in Oxford. 

The Gore Road crash reportedly had one minor injury and the road was closed due to ice.

Emergency officials reported glare ice at the intersection of Routes 5 and 302 at 5:05 p.m.

Public Works and other responders were closing roads and attempting to minimize the ice danger and laying sand across the roads.

Crashes reported so far: 

  •  48 River St., Fryeburg
  • 188 Hebron Road, Oxford 
  • 126 Lane Road,  Mechanic Falls 
  • Route 140, Canton, near Jay line
  • 709 Norway Road, Waterford 
  • 868 Paris Road, Hebron 
  • North Road and Old Iron Road, Bethel  
  • 624 Lovell Road, Fryeburg 
  • Main Street, Lovell 
  • 321 Gore Road, Oxford

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