Driver freed after electrical wire falls on school bus in Rockport

Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 6:04 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — A school bus driver was unharmed Thursday afternoon after a power line fell on the vehicle near a busy intersection.

A limb fell off a tree on Route 17 about 80 feet west of the Route 90 intersection, according to Rockport Police Sgt. Travis Ford. The limb struck a wire which fell on the bus as it was passing by, Ford said. There were no students on the SAD 28 bus at the time.

The driver made the right decision and did not move and waited for rescue crews to arrive, Ford said. Fire and police crews responded and Central Maine Power was able to shut off the power about 40 minutes after the wire sagged.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m.

Ford said the driver — whose name he did not have immediately available — had just dropped off some students and was heading to pick up more pupils.

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