Truck accident downs electrical poles in Stockton Springs

Posted March 23, 2009, at 2:16 p.m.

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — A driver who swerved to avoid a deer and crashed into a power pole caused a following tanker truck to tear down three other poles and rip electrical wires from two homes early Saturday.

James P. Kearns, 42, of Trenton was traveling east on Route 1 in a 2006 GMC pickup truck near the Harding Road intersection at 2:38 a.m. Saturday when he swerved to avoid a deer, left the righthand side of the road and crashed into a Central Maine Power Co. pole. The impact snapped the pole in half and caused the wires to hang over the road.

A few seconds later, a 2003 Volvo tractor-trailer with a tanker cargo owned by H.O. Bouchard Co. of Hampden traveling in the same direction arrived at the scene. Driver Gregory P. Tapley, 43, of Bucksport hit the hanging wire with the truck’s windshield and pulled down three poles on the Harding Road and the meters off two houses.

Damage to the pickup truck was estimated at $15,000, and damage to the pole it hit was estimated at $2,000. Damage to the tractor, which had a broken windshield, mirror, horns and antenna, was estimated at $8,000, and damage to the utilities was estimated at $10,000.

Neither driver was injured, although the Stockton Springs Ambulance took Kearns to Waldo County General Hospital for observation. Waldo County Deputy Sheriff Dan Thompson investigated the accident.

wgriffin@bangordailynews.net

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