Crash knocks out power in South Thomaston, forces school closure

Posted April 18, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Last modified April 18, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — A motor vehicle crashed into a utility pole Friday morning, knocking out power for much of the day for a few hundred customers in midcoast Maine.

The Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston closed early because of the power outage.

The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on Route 73, a few hundred feet from the elementary school and near the town fire station.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Hansen said that Janet Godin, 64, of Spruce Head was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu sedan east on Route 73, when she went off the road, knocked down one utility pole and came to a stop against a second pole.

The deputy said it appears that a medical condition caused Godin to go off the road. She was taken by a South Thomaston emergency medical services crew to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. The deputy said she was not seriously injured. She was wearing a seat belt, and the air bag inflated on impact.

Central Maine Power reported that 272 customers were still without power at noon. Nine of those customers were in neighboring St. George.