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Lewiston Road crashes | NG Fire Rescue report

Town of New Gloucester, Maine
New Gloucester Fire Rescue

Press Release

Prepared by: Captain Hale Fitzgerald
Number of Alarms: Still Alarm
Incident Commander: Captain Hale Fitzgerald
Incident Number: 21-NG0097
Incident Date and Time: February 27, 2021 at 1917

Incident Location: The area of 1266 Lewiston Road

Number of NGFR apparatus in response: 3
Number of NGFR personnel in response: 9
First NGFR unit on scene: Ambulance 1

General Incident Description: At 1917, New Gloucester Fire Rescue was dispatched for a two vehicle MVA in the area of 1266 Lewiston Road. A1 arrived on scene to find two separate accidents, one at 1266 Lewiston Road and one at 1283 Lewiston Road. One vehicle was in the ditch and another vehicle had rolled over. All occupants of the vehicles were able to self-extricate prior to arrival. Car 4 arrived on scene shortly after them and assumed command. Crews shut down Lewiston Road for approximately 1.5 hours due to extremely icy conditions.

While on scene, a third vehicle went off the road. The driver of the vehicle involved in the rollover was evaluated by EMS and not transported. No other injuries were reported. A1 did clear the scene to respond to a separate incident on the Maine Turnpike while units were still on scene. Vehicles were removed and a Maine DOT salt truck passed through, allowing the road to be opened at 2039. All companies were back in quarters by 2047.

Mutual Aid to the Scene: None

Mutual Aid to the Station: None

Vehicles Involved: 3 (3 single vehicle accidents)

Entrapment: None

Hazardous Materials Released: None

Injuries: One driver evaluated and not transported, no injuries to fire or EMS personnel

Factors: Icy Roads after rain event during the day

PSA: Drive for the conditions. Ensure you give yourself plenty of room to stop safely and be prepared for changing road conditions. These accidents were one of many that fire departments and law enforcement in Southern Maine were dealing with at this time due to the sudden freezing of the water on the road surface.

Additional: We would like to thank the CCSO, Maine DOT, Ken’s Car Care, and NG PWD for their assistance with this incident. We also would like to thank the drivers who stopped and assisted those involved in the accident, and drivers who had their travel hindered by the road being closed. Everyone was extremely patient, helpful, and understanding.

Hale Fitzgerald
New Gloucester Fire Rescue | New Gloucester, ME 04260
611 Lewiston Road | 207-926-4142