May 24, 2018
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Kenduskeag man strikes pole on Route 15; accident knocks out power

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

ORRINGTON, Maine — A Kenduskeag man apparently fell asleep at the wheel while on his drive home from a 14-hour shift at the Verso paper mill, knocking out power for much of Friday morning.

Dan Layton, 53, who works for Phillips Service Systems out of Bangor, lost control of his rental minivan around 8 a.m. while heading northbound on Route 15, according to Sgt. John Carson of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

Carson said Layton drifted across the roadway and struck a pole in the southbound lane.

“He’s very lucky nobody was traveling south,” said Carson.

The pole that Layton struck had two transformers on it, and over 1,000 Bangor Hydro customers were left without electricity, according to Carson.

The sergeant said electricity was restored shortly before 1 p.m.

Layton, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered a couple of scrapes but was otherwise not injured, Carson said. The vehicle he was driving was demolished.

Bangor Hydro crews were at the scene for about 4½ hours removing the destroyed pole.

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