2 hurt in Kenduskeag SUV crash; thousands temporarily lose power

Posted April 20, 2011, at 6:58 p.m.
Last modified April 20, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.

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.