Police needed to escort truck with oversized load through downtown Bangor

Posted April 26, 2012, at 10:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Several Bangor police officers were called to State Street about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to deal with an oversize metal object being hauled by a Canadian trucking company.

Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan said Thursday night that the trucking company had to require Department of Transportation permit but “they were too tall.”

He said the truckers were forced to leave Interstate 95 because of the low underpasses and got off at the Hogan Road exit. By the time they reached State Street, near the intersection of Forest Avenue, it became clear a police

escort was in order.

The one-way section of State Street was briefly closed to allow the rig to make its way downtown — against the usual  traffic pattern. The truck then slowly made its way up Hammond Street.

Reagan said it was his understanding the truck was headed for Coldbrook Road in Hermon but wasn’t sure what the object was or what its final destination was.

“Everyone was trying to figure out what it was,” he said, adding, “It was kind of a surprise to us. Nobody knew they were coming through. Some notice would have been sweet.”

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