Car shears pole, cutting power in Milford area

Posted June 02, 2010, at 10:09 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:34 a.m.

MILFORD, Maine — A local man heading north on Main Road early Wednesday hit a utility pole, knocking out power to residents in Milford and three neighboring communities, according to Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. officials and Maine State Police.

Milford resident Jesse Buxton, who is in his mid-20s, “was heading to Greenbush from work and for some reason left the road” around 4:15 a.m., state police Lt. Darrell Ouellette said Wednesday. “The driver sheared the pole completely.”

Wires were hanging low when troopers arrived, and a support wire was in the roadway, he said. Traffic on U.S. Route 2 was disrupted for a short time and was reduced to one lane for an hour and a half, Ouellette said.

“A vehicle that struck a pole has caused a power outage for Bangor Hydro customers in Milford, Greenbush, Greenfield Township and Indian Island,” said a Bangor Hydro press release.

Around 1,500 customers lost power. Utility crews replaced the broken pole and power was restored at about 10:30 a.m., said Susan Faloon, company spokeswoman.

Buxton, who was driving a late-1990s Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Ouellette said. His car was destroyed in the crash, the trooper said.

“He’s fortunate,” he said. “The pole snapped pretty quickly. It could have been worse.”

Buxton was wearing his seat belt.

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