Passenger taken to Bangor hospital

Black ice blamed for Union crash

By Staff | Nov 20, 2012

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.

Comments (8)
Posted by: johanna mary stinson | Nov 22, 2012 09:14

I work in ER......many many accidents, some fatal , happen on route 17  section fron pushaw trading post to 235 south...i was in one myself and someone was killed this week.....this whole section should be posted 40Mph...there is a school and several gas stations and blind hills and intersections with black ice problens as well

Posted by: Alan P. Leo | Nov 21, 2012 13:46

The post by Alan Leo was written by me, his wife Barb Leo.

Posted by: Jay Feyler | Nov 21, 2012 13:07

Left out one important sentence, Rte 131 and 235 are maintained by the Town during the winter but not Rte 17

Posted by: Alan P. Leo | Nov 21, 2012 12:24

Yes, Susan GOD KNOWS when the roads will be bad. Does that make the town &/or state officials GOD??? Makes one wonder..... I also agree with knowing facts, before posting feelings.


Posted by: Jay Feyler | Nov 21, 2012 08:21

Rte 17 is not a Town road, the responsibility for routes17, 131 and 235 belongs to the Maine DOT not the Town of Union.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Nov 21, 2012 06:12

Why aren't the roads sanded if the towns know the conditions are going to be bad? This probably happens in the same place year after year, the town KNOWS this is going to happen, why not treat the roads when conditions are known to be bad? I don't get it, I really don't. Two crashes within 12 hours, that's horrible stewardship.

Posted by: Kayla A Parent | Nov 20, 2012 19:43

I witnessed the accident and completely agree

Posted by: Christopher H. Jaeger | Nov 20, 2012 18:49

Frost on the roads this morning was plainly evident everywhere I traveled out thru Hope, Appleton etc. heading towards Newport. It was patchy and mostly on the rises and the north and west sides of the hills away from the rising sun. It should come as no surprise to anyone driving if they just drive at a reasonable speed and PAY ATTENTION to the road conditions.

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