Mount Hope Avenue closed after plow truck hits pole

Mike Apt of Kenduskeag carries part of a utility pole that was snapped when a public works plow truck slid off an icy section of Mount Hope Avenue and splintered the pole near Fruit Street School in Bangor around 8 a.m. Monday, Jan 3, 2011.  Walking on the right was fellow Bangor Hydro lineman Dan Auxier of Veazie. Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Bangor Natural Gas workers as well as Bangor Police responded. There was no disruption of power to the school or neighborhood. A 100-yard section of Mount Hope Avenue was closed until the pole was replaced . (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
Mike Apt of Kenduskeag carries part of a utility pole that was snapped when a public works plow truck slid off an icy section of Mount Hope Avenue and splintered the pole near Fruit Street School in Bangor around 8 a.m. Monday, Jan 3, 2011. Walking on the right was fellow Bangor Hydro lineman Dan Auxier of Veazie. Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Bangor Natural Gas workers as well as Bangor Police responded. There was no disruption of power to the school or neighborhood. A 100-yard section of Mount Hope Avenue was closed until the pole was replaced . (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
Posted Jan. 03, 2011, at 11:28 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor city plow truck lost control on Mount Hope Avenue on Monday morning and slid into a telephone pole, snapping it in half.

Slippery roads are being blamed for the incident, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said. No injuries were reported, he said.

The accident closed the roadway between the back parking lot of Fruit Street School and Fern Street for a couple of hours, a dispatcher from the Bangor Police Department said.

Bangor Daily News photographer John Clarke Russ said the pole snapped in half and that crews from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and Bangor Gas were at the scene repairing the damage.

Susan Faloon, Bangor Hydro spokeswoman, said there were no power outages, but that the company did have to replace the pole.

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