June 23, 2018
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Lightning strikes near police chief at scene of Rockland motorcycle crash

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Police Chief Bruce Boucher acknowledged Monday afternoon he was a lucky man.

The chief was at the scene of a motorcycle crash on New County Road in Rockland shortly before 2 p.m. when lightning struck a utility pole that was a few feet from where he was standing.

“There was this loud blast and I was ready to hit the ground,” Boucher said.

Fire Chief Charles Jordan Jr., who was about 90 feet away from the pole, said he heard the booming thunderclap almost simultaneous with the bolt of lightning.

“You should go out and buy a lottery ticket,” Jordan told Boucher.

Details on the crash were not available Monday afternoon. The motorcyclist was heading east on New County Road during the height of the storm, which brought torrential rains, when a pickup truck pulling a trailer made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist, Boucher said.

The impact threw the motorcycle operator about 90 feet and he was found under a large storage trailer at a nearby business. The man’s name was not immediately available. Boucher said the man suffered injuries but he could not speculate on whether they were life-threatening.

Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower said he expected he would be able to provide information with names of those involved on Tuesday morning.

Central Maine Power Co. crews were called to repair damage to the utility pole.

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