Bangor man charged in connection with crash that cut power to 1,200 in Hancock County

Posted April 23, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
Last modified April 24, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
A car drives past where a Jeep crashed early Wednesday morning into a utility pole in Trenton as three workers with Emera Maine work to reconnect power lines to a new pole.
Bill Trotter | BDN
A car drives past where a Jeep crashed early Wednesday morning into a utility pole in Trenton as three workers with Emera Maine work to reconnect power lines to a new pole.

TRENTON, Maine — A Bangor man is facing criminal charges after a Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Route 3 early Wednesday morning, resulting in power being disconnected to nearly 1,200 Emera Maine customers, according to officials.

The accident occurred around 3:15 a.m. directly in front of the Acadia Weathervanes cupola workshop. More than six hours later, after the vehicle had been towed away, only one lane of Route 3 was open to alternating directions of traffic, and eight utility trucks, including some from Time Warner Cable and FairPoint Communications, were in the process of restoring service to nearby customers.

Deputy Jacob Day of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said that Christopher Proulx, 27, of Bangor has been charged in connection with the crash. Proulx, the driver of the Jeep, reportedly left the accident scene on foot but sought assistance about five hours later when he showed up at the Trenton Marketplace supermarket, more than 2 miles away.

Proulx was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, Day said. He has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operating a motor vehicle after suspension and violating conditions of release, the deputy said. The bail violation stems from Proulx’s drunken driving arrest in Penobscot County last month, he said.

Route 3 was shut down completely for about five hours while police investigated and emergency responders cleaned up the accident scene, officials said.

Dorothy Gordon lives directly across the highway from where the accident occurred and said the “huge” noise of the impact woke her up. She said by the time she got outside, the driver was gone.

The dark-colored Jeep smashed through a utility pole on the west side of the road and rolled a few times before coming to rest on its wheels up against another pole to the north, Gordon said. She surmised the Jeep must have been coming from the Bar Harbor direction when it went off the road.

“It’s like God picked up the Jeep and launched it at the telephone pole,” Gordon said.

Debris was strewn in the gutter Wednesday morning where the Jeep came to rest as utility crews worked nearby. Cassette audio tapes, black waiter aprons, a pair of black pants, a broken pint glass with “Vacationland” printed on it, socks, a boot, a maul and a stick of deodorant were among the items clustered by the side of the road.

In a press release, Emera Maine said that nearly 1,200 customers had their power disconnected while repair crews replaced the broken utility pole. Customers affected included residents of Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Sullivan and Trenton, the company indicated. Power was restored to all affected customers by around 8:45 a.m., according to Emera spokesman Bob Potts.

 

CORRECTION:

A headline on an earlier version of this story erroneously said that a Bangor man was arrested. The man was summoned.

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