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Jeep Grand Cherokee in fatal crash on local roads

just a reminder for us that even on local roads, in icy, or what looks to me, to be slushy roads, we have to be very very careful. just another motivator for me to put winter tires on all the family cars. yes, you may not need them, but winter tires are better than regular all season tires. obviously trailhawks' offroad tires are great, but for the rest of us, something to seriously consider. also let's not be overconfident & drive too fast for current conditions

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A Gorham (Maine) man was killed and his wife, two daughters and a family friend were hospitalized with serious injuries after their SUV collided with a dump truck on Narragansett Street in Gorham Monday morning.

Yvonne Piawlock, 39, was driving the family’s Jeep Grand Cherokee when she lost control on the snow-covered road around 10:15 a.m., police said. Joseph Piawlock, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gorham police were forced to close Narragansett Street near its intersection with Harding Road until about 1:45 p.m.

Gorham Police Chief Dan Jones said there were three girls in the rear seat of the SUV, including the Piawlocks’ daughters and a family friend. Joseph Piawlock was in the front passenger seat. One of the girls – police are not certain which one – was secured in a child car seat. All three girls are from Gorham, Jones said.

“Their vehicle started to slide sideways and the dump truck broadsided them, pushing the Jeep into a telephone pole,” Jones explained. “Their vehicle sustained so much damage that the firefighters had to cut the doors off to get them out.”

The names of the girls were not available Monday night, but Jones described their injuries as severe. One suffered head trauma, one had a broken hip and all three had broken bones, he said.

They were transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland and were listed in critical condition, Jones said. Initially, police thought Yvonne Piawlock had minor injuries, but Jones said she sustained severe internal injuries that weren’t initially apparent.

She was in serious condition Monday night at Maine Med, a hospital spokeswoman said. Piawlock works as a hair stylist, according to a friend who posted about the accident on Facebook but did not want to comment for this story.

Jones said Gorham school officials were notified about the crash and the children who were involved. Gorham Superintendent Heather Perry said all three of the girls injured in the accident are students at Narragansett Elementary School in Gorham, a K-5 school.

“We will have a staff meeting before school tomorrow morning to make sure all staff are aware of the tragic circumstances and know what to say and what to look for in students who might be having a hard time,” Perry said in an email Monday evening. “We will have extra guidance and social work staff available to work with students and staff as needed throughout the day. Our hearts and prayers go out in support of this family.”

There was no school in Gorham on Monday due to the snowstorm.

Jones said the vehicle’s front and side air bags deployed as a result of the crash. He was not sure if the Piawlocks were wearing seat belts.

It wasn’t known where the family was traveling.

“We are not sure where they were going. That’s something we haven’t been able to get from the mother,” Jones said.

Investigators from the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Division and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office are assisting Gorham police with reconstructing the accident.

“I don’t want to get ahead of their investigations,” Jones said. “But I think it’s a safe bet to say that speed was a factor.”

Jones described the road as snow-covered at the time of the crash.

“If that had been a dry roadway this accident would not have happened,” Jones added.

Gorham police said the dump truck is owned by Aceto Construction of Gorham.

The driver of the truck, Dan Aceto, 54, of Gray, was not injured.

Gorham police said the SUV, which was heading southbound, crossed into the opposite travel lane striking Aceto’s truck as it was heading north.

Ambulance crews from Gorham, Buxton, Standish and Scarborough responded to the accident.

Jones said drivers need to slow down and drive cautiously on storm days, even if you are operating an SUV with all-wheel drive or front wheel drive. He said drivers of those vehicles can get overconfident.

“Once you lose traction, it is very hard to get it back,” he said.

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I couldn't believe the force of this impact on a *street*, so I looked it up. Narragansett Street at that intersection is showing a 35mph speed limit, but just 50 yards SouthWest it's up to 50mph, so I'm guessing that the intersection is at high risk of seeing speeding drivers, those speeding up before the 50mph sign one way, and those taking their sweet time to slow down to 35mph the other way...

That dump truck was probably doing snow removal duty, and those guys are often in a hurry with little sleep...

What a tragedy.

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That looks like LOTS of roads around here, although we don't have many flat straight stretches like that.

Maybe they were going to turn at the intersection and realized the truck was coming and tried to stop....sliding into the oncoming lane? The roads here are more often than not plowed/treated by local companies, not Maine DOT. Some do a great job, some don't. they also cannot keep up with falling snow and rain in an entire town.

Sad this happened but it is a real reminder that four wheel drive does NOT help you stop....proper speed and good tires do though.

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That looks like LOTS of roads around here, although we don't have many flat straight stretches like that.

Maybe they were going to turn at the intersection and realized the truck was coming and tried to stop....sliding into the oncoming lane? The roads here are more often than not plowed/treated by local companies, not Maine DOT. Some do a great job, some don't. they also cannot keep up with falling snow and rain in an entire town.

Sad this happened but it is a real reminder that four wheel drive does NOT help you stop....proper speed and good tires do though.
I can only guess from that one picture... but it looks like the truck was coming *this way* (towards the camera, which is NE heading) from the 50mph zone, had just made it into the 35mph zone ; GC was heading (my guess) SW and was still in the 35mph zone, and GC lost it in the slush, spun sideways CCW while sliding to the left, into the dumptruck. Impact just SW of the intersection, meaning the dumptruck then pushed the GC into the pole we see there.

Of course in such a collision, front airbags don't do much, and side airbags can only so much... Seat belts may help keep your pelvis on the seat, especially those on the opposite side of impact.

I don't think the GC had slowed down to turn, considering the carnage, unless the dumptruck was really flying...

The one fatality is tragic enough. The 4 GC survivors have great challenges coming their way, most likely...

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