May 27, 2018
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Pickup truck loses steering, takes down utility pole in Belfast

Tom Groening | BDN
Tom Groening | BDN
A single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon took down a utility pole, knocking out power to part of Belfast's east side.
By Tom Groening, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A single-vehicle crash at about 3 p.m. Friday on Route 141 took out a utility pole, cutting electricity to part of the city’s east side. The driver escaped injury, but more than 500 area residents were left without power.

The driver, whose name was not available Friday, was traveling south on the road, known locally as Swan Lake Avenue. About 2 miles north of the intersection with U.S. Route 1, the man lost control of the vehicle, he told police.

He told police he had recently been working on the power steering box on the full-sized, extended cab pickup truck. He suddenly lost the ability to steer, he said, and the truck veered to the left side of the road.

There were no passengers in the truck.

Belfast police officer Brian Lunt said the truck hit a tree, then the pole. The pole fell across the road, bringing down several wires with it. At 3:30 p.m., Central Maine Power crews were on hand, working to repair the damage.

Police diverted traffic from Route 141 at the Back Searsport and Smart roads. A section of Route 141 remained shut down at 6:30 p.m. and a dispatcher indicated it would likely be another two hours before it was reopened.

The driver apparently refused medical treatment, because he was seen inspecting the damage on the truck in a deep gully beside the road at about 4 p.m.

“He was able to get out of the vehicle,” Lunt said. “He was pretty lucky.”

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