Multiple car crashes were reported in Maine Friday morning as Pine Tree State drivers face freezing rain, icy conditions and slippery roads.
A jackknifed tractor-trailer caused major delays on the Maine Turnpike in Gray, according to the Turnpike Authority. The incident happened on the Maine Pike southbound near mile 63, temporarily shutting down all lanes in the area.
As of 9 a.m., the left lane opened at mile 61 but the right lane remains shut down. Drivers are urged to exit at Exit 63 and can reenter at Exit 53 to avoid delays.
Details on what led up to that crash were not immediately clear and injuries were not immediately reported.
In a separate incident involving a tractor-trailer, state police halted traffic on the Maine Turnpike northbound near Exit 42 in Scarborough. Crews worked to remove a big rig and responded to multiple crashes in the area.
As of 9 a.m., lanes reopened in Scarborough but delays ensued between Exit 36 in Saco to Exit 44. Authorities did not say how many crashes were reported near Exit 42. Injuries were not immediately reported.
In Vermont, icy road conditions are being blamed for a series of early morning crashes on U.S. Route 5 Friday that closed the roadway in the town of Coventry.
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Speed limits were reduced on both the Maine turnpike and I-295 because of the slippery conditions.
The incidents come as freezing rain creates icy conditions on the roads. Motorists are encouraged to slow their speed and keep their distance from other vehicles.