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Slick roads to blame for rash of weekend accidents

A 2009 Hyundai Elantra collided nearly head on with a Enterprise rental company van at 12:30 p.m. on the Town Farm Road today. Four people, including a Strong woman who suffered serious injuries, police said, were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Icy road conditions are to blame, said Farmington Police Department Officer Bill Tanner.

FARMINGTON - Four people were transported to the hospital, one considered in "very serious condition" by emergency responders at the scene, following a two-vehicle crash at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Town Farm Road. A total of eight accidents were reported from Friday through Sunday, mostly due to slick road conditions.

Town Farm Road was closed for a few hours, as police investigated the crash and the scene could be cleared. According to witnesses, a 2009 four-door Hyundai Elantra, driven by Annie Dexter, 15, of Strong, lost control and slid into the opposite lane and collided nearly head-on with a late model Enterprise company rental van, driven by Jason Rosenberg, 29, of Warwick, R.I. Light snow and slush covered the road at the time of the crash. Farmington Police Officer Bill Tanner said the accident was "due to road conditions."

A passenger in Dexter's car, Lori Richards, 52, of Strong, was transported to Franklin Memorial Hopsital then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries. A spokeswoman at MMC said Monday morning that Richards is listed in critical condition. Dexter did not go to the hospital; Jason Rosenberg was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

Two passengers in the van, Brian Scarbonnau and Kelly Rosenberg, no ages given, were also transported to the hospital by NorthStar EMS ambulances. Both were treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman on Monday.

After the impact, the van landed in a ditch off the road and the sedan was left in the center of the road.

Farmington Police Officer Jordan Norton assisted at the scene and State Police Trooper Aaron Turcotte is conducting the accident reconstruction investigation.

Farmington Fire Rescue Department personnel assisted at the scene and blocked off traffic at each end of the road.

Farmington emergency crews were called out again a few hours later on Sunday afternoon to a one-vehicle accident with two people injured on Farmington Falls Road near Mosher's Seafood store.

Driver Stanley Cram, Jr., 66, of Manchester, was driving a 1995 pickup truck when he told police his truck hit slush and went off the road and hit a stand of trees. Passenger James Cram, 45, was transported by NorthStar EMS ambulance to FMH complaining of possible broken ribs. He was later transferred to another hospital for treatment.  A second passenger Clayton Tibbetts, 32, was also taken to the hospital complaining of back pain. He was treated and released. No injuries were reported by the driver.

Trooper Aaron Turcotte of the Maine State Police, at left, begins an accident reconstruction investigation. Assisting at the scene is Farmington Police Officer Jordan Norton.

Farmington Fire Rescue Department personnel assist at the scene of a head-on crash on the Town Farm Road today.

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  1. When is the media going to stop blaming road conditions for accidents. People need to learn that the posted speed limit is a limit under optimal conditions. The media is to blame for creating an "its not my fault" attitude. In lieu of blaming the conditions just say "Driving too fast for conditions blamed for accident"
    Doesn't that sound more truthful?

  2. Bruce,
    I am the woman who was seriously injured in this crash. Every day I thank God that no one else was seriously hurt or killed. My daughter, 16 years old, was driving. I have been very careful and responsible concerning her driving. We had test braked in a parking lot 2 miles from the scene of the accident. We stopped without sliding. The conditions seemed safe. She was doing below the speed limit, exactly as I had informed her to do and as every witness ahead of her and behind her stated later. Town Farm Road has severe crowning on some corners and a shoulder with a several inch drop. An on coming van startled her as it appeared to be crowding the road. She pulled over to allow room and the tire went off the shoulder. Due to DRIVER INEXPERIENCE, she over corrected and we crashed. Showing compassion is a gift. Making assumptions usually does not lead to compassion.