April 22, 2018
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Flying power pole pierces side of Ellsworth woman’s car

Richard Gordon | BDN
Richard Gordon | BDN
This car, with a utility pole protruding from its side, was brought into Ellsworth Collision and Service after a boat hull being towed on a trailer in Somesville on Tuesday morning snagged on a power line, ripping the pole out of the ground and sending it sailing into the car.
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

MOUNT DESERT, Maine — An Ellsworth woman got a scare Tuesday morning while driving through the village of Somesville when an accident resulted in a utility pole piercing her car’s passenger side door.

The pole became a projectile around 10 a.m. Tuesday, when a boat hull being towed on a trailer toward Southwest Harbor snagged on a power line that crosses over Route 102 between Oak Hill and Pretty Marsh roads, according to Mount Desert Police Officer Leigh Guildford. The force of the unfinished boat hull catching on the overhead wire pulled the pole entirely out of the ground.

Marlene Bennett, 60, was driving a 2007 Dodge sedan behind the truck and trailer when the pole flew from its upright position into the roadway, Guildford said. The force of it being pulled out propelled the pole through the front passenger-side door of Bennett’s car.

“It impaled it,” Guildford said of the pole.

Bennett was alone in the vehicle and no one was in the passenger seat, he said.

Bennett “wasn’t hurt, but she was shook up pretty good,” the officer added.

The car had an estimated $5,000 damage from the freak accident.

Guildford said the driver of the truck hauling the boat hull, Corey Pettegrow, 50, of Southwest Harbor, had a permit for his cargo and will not be cited for the accident.

Route 102 where the accident occurred was closed for about half an hour as rescue crews responded to the scene and removed obstacles from the roadway, according to Guildford. He said traffic was rerouted onto Oak Hill and Whitney Farm roads while Route 102 was shut down.

Guildford, a longtime police officer in Hancock County, said that prior to Tuesday’s accident, he had never seen a utility pole become impaled in the metal side of a vehicle.

“This is my first,” he said. “It is a little unusual.”

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