Wintery road conditions contribute to accidents in Rockport

By Dwight Collins | Dec 10, 2013

Rockport — The first official winter weather of the year made for a treacherous day of travel Dec. 9 as Rockport Police and Fire departments responded to multiple accidents.

One call came into Knox County Regional Communications Center around 11:45 p.m. reporting a head-on collision on Route 17 near Mirror Lake.

Nicole Staples, 33, of Union was heading west on Route 17 in a 1995 Ford SUV when she lost control of her vehicle on ice and snow and crossed the center line, crashing head-on into Jay Pendleton, 56, of Camden, who was traveling east in a 1998 Honda SUV.

According to the police report, when Officer Robbie Shaw arrived at the scene he noticed one vehicle, Pendleton’s, in the ditch with serious damage to the front and another vehicle that had come to rest in the middle of the road, driven by Staples.

The police report states the crash was caused by Staples' driving to fast for the road conditions. Both drivers were uninjured in the crash and refused transport to Pen Bay Medical Center by North East Mobile Health Services.

Just as the sun began to set, Rockport Police and Fire responded to a large commercial vehicle that had gone off the road on Route 17 near Macy Pond. The eastbound lane of Route 17 was closed while emergency crews worked to clear the scene. No other information was available about the crash at press time.

Emergency crews also responded to Commercial Street around 11:30 a.m. near Pen Bay Medical Center for a report of a trailer of a 18-wheeler that had skidded off into the ditch.

Keith Testani, 40, of Greene was operating a 2000 Sterling 18-wheel truck and trailer owned by Maine Recycling Corp. south on Commercial Street when he attempted to stop at the light at Pen Bay Medical Center. Slippery road conditions caused the trailer to slide off the road into the right side ditch, coming to rest against a utility pole.

Traffic on Route 1 slowed to a crawl as emergency units and a large wrecker from All Directions Towing and Recovery returned the trailer to the roadway.

No one was injured in the incident, according to police.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Dec 10, 2013 23:11

Wow, is it because Rockport has more busy, fast road (90 and 17) than other towns? Doesn't the town get pretty sick of having a bad winter reputation?? Rockport just can't handle Maine winters...on the warmer coast...during a mild winter. How does that make Rockport residents feel?

Posted by: Catherine L Leonard | Dec 10, 2013 18:17

When will everyone agree that Farley and Sons are not able to keep the roads clear!

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