Slippery roads cause several Knox County crashes

By Kim Lincoln | Feb 17, 2013

Slippery roads were to blame for several crashes around Knox County and in Lincolnville the evening of Feb. 16. An emergency responder went off the road in Vinalhaven while en route to a crash.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash on Calderwood Neck Road on Vinalhaven at about 7 p.m.

Deputy Rob Potter found that a 2012 Dodge truck had crashed into a tree, apparently due to the slippery road conditions. Members from Vinalhaven Ambulance were already on scene and checking passengers involved in the crash, according to a news release from Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The truck was driven by Carl Gross, 48, of Vinalhaven and had passengers, Karena York, 37, and two 16-year-old juveniles, all of Vinalhaven.

York, along with one of the juveniles, were transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport due to head and back pain.

Potter stated speed may have been a contributing factor considering the road conditions, the news release stated.

Denise Hopkins, 45, of Vinalhaven, a member of the town's ambulance crew, went off North Haven Road and hit a tree while en route to the Calderwood Neck Road crash.

Potter said it appears Hopkins, who was driving a 2010 GMC Acadia began to slide as she went around a corner. She over-corrected and the vehicle slid into the ditch and hit a tree on the driver's side, causing substantial damage to the side and rear axle.

She was checked at the scene by ambulance personnel and released.

Also Feb. 16, there were two rollovers, one on Camden Road in Hope and one on Old County Road in Rockland. No major injuries were reported.

A vehicle also went off the road and struck a tree on Route 1 near Lincolnville Beach.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at

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