Black ice blamed for Union crash
The passenger in a vehicle that struck black ice and rolled over on Route 17 Nov. 20 was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital with possible head, neck and back injuries.
The crash occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on Route 17 in Union near Wottons Mill Road, according to a news release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
A 2001 GMC truck, operated by Randy Heald, 32, of Jefferson was traveling east when he suddenly came upon a section of the road covered with black ice, Heald told police. The vehicle slid sideways and crossed onto the other side of the road before rolling into a ditch, landing on its roof.
Heald was uninjured.
Passenger Derek Hinkley, 28, also of Jefferson, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for possible head, neck and back injuries, according to the release. He has been listed in fair condition.
The vehicle was totaled in the crash.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office reminds drivers that cold weather is here and, especially in the early morning hours, particularly where the road is shaded, black ice will remain on the roads longer. Please be careful and alert to the weather and road conditions.