Forklift knocks down utility pole in Rockland

Posted Jan. 27, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Utility crews were working Monday morning to replace a pole that was knocked down by a forklift.

Central Maine Power reported that a forklift struck the pole and broke it at the base. The pole then fell across the road that leads from Front Street to a group of waterfront businesses including O’Hara Corp.

An O’Hara forklift was driving up the road when it slid back down because of ice on the pavement, according to a Fairpoint Communications worker who also was at the scene after the crash.

Rockland police had no information on the accident, saying it had not been reported and because it occurred on a private road would not necessarily need to be reported. A loud boom could be heard in the North End area of Rockland and power flickered at about 7:30 a.m.

CMP reported that one customer on Front Street was without power at 8:30 a.m.