June 25, 2018
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Stray log pulls down Dixfield traffic lights, utility pole

By Matthew Daigle, Sun Journal

DIXFIELD, Maine — A stray log from a logging truck tore down the traffic lights and telephone pole at Main and Weld streets Wednesday morning.

At around 4:45 a.m., a logging truck, which police are still attempting to locate, was heading west down Main Street when a log sticking up higher than the rest snagged the traffic lights near Towles’ Corner Store, according to witnesses. The log pulled down the lights, along with the utility pole they were attached to, Rae Coulombe, the kitchen manager at Towles’ Corner Store, said. The log fell out of the truck and rolled into oncoming traffic.

“There was some guy in a truck that had to swerve all over the place to avoid it,” Coulombe said. The logging truck “kept driving down the road and never stopped for anything.”

The cashier, Megan Kendall, hit the panic button behind the counter to warn the police, and resident Dan Noyes, who was also in the store at the time, parked his truck in the road to redirect traffic until the police arrived, Coulombe said.

“There were sparks flying everywhere, so we got cars to go around the lights,” Coulombe said. “Thank goodness there weren’t any children or school buses around.”

The utility pole should be replaced relatively soon, but the traffic lights will take awhile to replace, police Chief Richard Pickett said.

“As of right now, the intersection of Main Street and Weld Street will revert back to what it was before the traffic lights,” Pickett said. “Weld Street will give the right of way to Main Street.”

Pickett also said that the town may bring out an alternative set of traffic lights until the new lights can be installed.

Police still are attempting to figure out who the logging truck belonged to and where it went after the accident.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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