Three Accidents on Icy Stretch of I-95 in Southern Aroostook
Maine State Police say three people were injured in three separate crashes at approximately the same time Saturday night on an icy stretch of Interstate 95 in Smyrna.
State Troopers and emergency personnel were called to the northbound lane of I-95 in Smyrna shortly before 9:00 p.m. Initially, a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by 39-year-old Lori Deschaine of Westfield hit a patch of ice, spun out and struck the guardrail, according to Sgt. Josh Haines. Deschaine’s vehicle came to rest in the passing lane facing south towards oncoming traffic.
Next, a 2010 Ford F250 truck being driven by 34-year-old Russell Stewart of Hodgdon went out of control and rolled over, striking the guardrail. Russell and his passenger 33-year-old Stephanie Ivey, also from Hodgdon, were transported to Houlton Regional Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Sgt. Haines said.
The third vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by 42-year-old Victoria Stewart of Houlton skidded off the highway seconds later and rolled several times. Stewart was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor due to the extent of her injuries.
Interstate 95 at mile-marker 291 was closed for one hour while the accidents were cleaned up.The Ford F250 and Chevy Trailblazer were totaled, Haines said.
State Troopers Josh D’Angelo and Gavin Endre investigated. Houlton and Oakfield Fire Departments and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.