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Updated November 9, 2019
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Slippery morning commute leads to crashes, including several on Maine Turnpike

Traffic backs up as it is routed around a jackknifed tractor trailer truck in the northbound lane of the Maine Turnpike near mile marker 33 in Biddeford on Thursday morning. GREGORY REC/Portland Press Herald

BIDDEFORD — A tractor-trailer jack-knifed on the Maine Turnpike on Thursday during a fast-moving snow storm that created a messy morning commute.

The truck crashed near Mile 33 northbound in the Biddeford area around 9 a.m., according to the Maine Turnpike Authority. The truck blocked the center and right lanes, leading to delays. It was removed around noon.

Additional crashes were reported around the state, including on the turnpike in South Portland and West Gardiner.

In Portland, police and city officials warned drivers that the morning commute would be slow as a few inches of snow fell beginning before dawn. At 7:30 a.m., the city had 37 plows on the road.

“While the forecast is only predicting up to 4 inches of snow, it has come down so intensely that it has been difficult to keep up with,” city officials said in Tweet.

The quick-hitting storm is expected to drop up to 4 inches of snow in much of coastal and southern Maine, with lower amounts in western and northern areas.

A number of York County schools, like Saco public schools and Thornton Academy, started school late because of the storm.

The National Weather Service had a winter weather advisory in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, the next chance of snowfall is on Tuesday.

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