Distracted driving leads to accident in Jackman, police say

Nancy Minard, 62, of Jackman suffered minor injuries early Wednesday when her vehicle left Route 15 and struck a telephone pole, according to police.
Somerset County Sheriff’s Department
Nancy Minard, 62, of Jackman suffered minor injuries early Wednesday when her vehicle left Route 15 and struck a telephone pole, according to police.
Posted Jan. 11, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 11, 2012, at 2:43 p.m.

JACKMAN, Maine — A local woman suffered minor injuries early Wednesday when her vehicle left Route 15 and struck a telephone pole, according to police.

Somerset County sheriff’s Lt. Carl Gottardi said Nancy Minard, 62, of Jackman took her eyes off the road while looking at her cell phone, causing her 2000 Chrysler to cross the centerline and strike the utility pole.

Minard’s vehicle was totaled in the crash, Gottardi said, and she was transported to Jackman Health Center for treatment. Route 15 was shut down for about an hour while Central Maine Power crews replaced the broken telephone pole.

Border Patrol Agents and the Jackman Fire Department assisted the sheriff’s department at the scene, and the district attorney’s office has been called in to investigate.

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