April 9, 2013

Pickup truck hits utility pole, closing Falmouth road

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

FALMOUTH — A section of Longwoods Road will be closed until about 3:30 p.m. as Central Maine Power Co. repairs lines that were knocked down after the driver of a town of Cumberland pickup truck hit a utility pole.

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Downed utility pole on Longwoods Road in Falmouth. Photo by Lt. John F. Kilbride of the Falmouth Police Department.

Police said that Calvin Bridges, 63, was driving west on Longwoods Road, also known as Route 9, when he apparently fell asleep and drifted off the road and hit the pole. The crash happened just after noon Tuesday in front of 95 Longwoods Road.

The impact snapped the pole, dropping the wires onto the cab of the pickup. Bridges' chest hit the steering wheel, but he did not have life-threatening injuries, said Lt. John Kilbride.

Bridges was unable to get out of the cab because of the electrical wires draped across it and rescue workers had to stand by until CMP could come turn off the power. In the interim, they communicated by cellphone.

A utility crew arrived and disconnected the power about 15 to 20 minutes after the crash, Kilbride said.

"When we got to the scene, he was trapped in there with live wires all around him. Obviously he did a great job of staying in the vehicle," Kilbride said.

An ambulance transported one person to the hospital though the extent of injuries was not immediately available.

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