Driver flees after truck hits pole in Pittsfield

Posted May 19, 2009, at 11:18 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — A truck driver struck a utility pole Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Somerset Avenue and Route 100, kicking off a chain reaction that ended up closing downtown Pittsfield for hours and damaging two more poles.

The truck was attempting to make a right turn on Route 100 when it struck the first pole and destroyed a signpost. The pole was shifted and the sidewalk extensively damaged.

The pull on the utility lines from the crash caused the top of a pole on Route 100 in front of the First Universalist Church to snap off, and the pole top and an attached street light struck a passing pickup truck. Another pole, on the corner of Connors Avenue, was also snapped, according to Assistant Fire Chief Dean Billings.

Billings said the tractor trailer pulled over to the side of the road after the crash but then pulled away. Pittsfield police gave chase and located the vehicle on Route 100 South. The operator was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident. His name was not immediately available.

Pittsfield council meeting postponed

PITTSFIELD — The Tuesday night meeting of the Pittsfield Town Council was tabled until today at 4:30 p.m. because of a lack of a quorum. Only immediate business will be discussed at today’s meeting.