WATERVILLE — A Newport woman escaped serious injury Thursday morning when her car went out of control on the Messalonskee Stream bridge of Interstate 95, struck bridge abutments and landed on its roof, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Melissa Ames, 49, of Newport, lost control of her Honda Civic while passing another vehicle in the northbound lanes, McCausland said in a news release.

McCausland said that it was raining at the time of the crash and the bridge’s surface froze.

He said Ames suffered minor cuts and was treated by ambulance workers at the scene.

Her car was the only vehicle involved in the crash, which caused a traffic backup in the northbound lanes to Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville, according to McCausland.

“Although the morning temperatures were in the low 40s, State police remind motorists that bridge surfaces are the first to freeze and motorists need to adjust their speed when crossing them,” he said.

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