April 27, 2018
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2 hurt in Kenduskeag SUV crash; thousands temporarily lose power

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
First responders attend to a woman (left) after she was taken out of a vehicle that crashed on the Stetson Road in Kenduskeag Wednesday. The SUV skidded off the road and broke a utility pole bringing the wires down. The rescue crews had to wait about ten minutes to extract the two occupants of the vehicle because the live power lines were touching the vehicle. The extent of the injuries was not available on the scene and Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Saucier said that the road conditions could have contributed to the accident that is under investigation.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

KENDUSKEAG, Maine — A mother and daughter from Corinth suffered minor injuries late Wednesday morning when the SUV they were traveling in struck a utility pole on Stetson Road, knocking out power to several nearby towns.

The driver, 17-year-old Monica Deyro, and her mother, 40-year-old Nicole Hartley, were treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and released.

Hartley, who was not wearing her seat belt, suffered some minor head injuries and possible broken bones, Deputy Steven Saucier of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday afternoon.

Saucier said it appears that Deyro was driving too fast for the road conditions when the accident occurred about 11 a.m. Roads, he said, were sleet-covered at the time.

Saucier said the pole snapped after it was struck, causing electrical lines to sag dangerously low. As a result, rescuers had to wait about 10 minutes for the power to be shut off before removing the two women from the black Durango in which they were traveling.

Stetson Road was temporarily closed to allow Bangor Hydro repair crews to replace the utility pole. Power to more than 2,000 customers in Kenduskeag and several nearby towns was restored Thursday afternoon.

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