A woman’s car rolled over and landed on its roof in the northbound lanes of an Interstate 95 bridge in Waterville on Thursday morning, police said.
The driver, 49-year-old Melissa Ames of Newport, was trying to pass another driver when the crash happened. She was not seriously injured but did suffer “minor lacerations,” according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Besides Ames’ Honda Civic, no other vehicles were affected by the crash.
While the temperatures were in the low 40s, rain had started to freeze on the bridge over Messalonskee Stream where Ames reportedly tried to pass the other vehicle. The bridge is just south of Waterville’s northernmost I-95 exit, Exit 130 onto Main Street.
She “lost control of her Honda Civic,” McCausland said. “Her car struck abutments on both sides of the bridge and then overturned, coming to rest on its roof, in the center of the bridge.”
The crash caused traffic to back up on the interstate almost three miles, to Waterville’s southern I-95 exit onto Kennedy Memorial Drive, Exit 127.
McCausland said that bridges are the first to freeze and that drivers should “adjust their speed when crossing them.”