Accident knocks out power in Lebanon early Thursday

Posted Feb. 14, 2013, at 9:49 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — A pickup truck slammed into a utility pole early Thursday, knocking out power for several hours in this small York County town.

Lebanon Assistant Fire Chief Jason Cole said the crash involved a pickup truck and a pole on Upper Cross Road, and was reported at 1:15 a.m.

Cole said when he arrived on scene, the Central Maine Power pole had been snapped in multiple places and was down on the side of the road. He said the pickup fled the scene just before emergency crews arrived.

The assistant chief added neighbors moved their vehicles to block the road so motorists wouldn’t approach the downed wires. A witness reported to Cole that the pickup involved had front-end damage and part of the telephone pole wedged in its grill.

The crash knocked out power to 305 customers in the town, Cole said. Power had been restored as of 9 a.m., according to the CMP website.

State police are investigating the crash, Cole said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Gray barracks at 657-3030.

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