May 24, 2018
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Route 1 accident knocks out power for thousands


ORLAND, Maine — A single-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital and shut down a section of Route 1.

The crash also knocked out power to several thousand Central Maine Power customers in Orland, Bucksport, Penobscot and Castine, a CMP spokesman confirmed.

According to state police Trooper Greg Roy, William Pratt, 62, of Farmingdale was headed south on Route 1 about 3:55 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving veered off the road between Front Ridge Road and School House Corner.

His pickup truck struck a utility pole, snapping it in half and causing telephone wires to fall across the road. Power lines remained suspended above the road but utility crews were called to the scene.

Pratt suffered cuts and bruises in the accident, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known, Roy said. Pratt was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he still was being evaluated as of 8 p.m., a nursing supervisor said.

With the wires across the road, emergency crews shut down Route 1 while they waited for power company crews to arrive. The road remained closed until about 6:30 p.m., according to public safety dispatchers in Hancock County.

CMP expected to have power restored in Bucksport by about 9 p.m., a spokesman for the utility said Wednesday night.

He said electrical service to the other affected communities was not expected to be restored until late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Though the number of customers who lost power in Bucksport was not immediately available, the spokesman said the outage affected 3,704 customers in the three other communities.

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