February 14, 2013

Hit and run car crash cuts power in Lebanon

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

LEBANON — A car crash on Upper Cross Road in Lebanon Thursday knocked out power to a significant portion of the town and police were looking for the car responsible.

The crash was reported at 1:13 a.m. and snapped the utility pole near the corner of Center Road, according to Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole.

The car drove off before emergency crews arrived to find the pole snapped in multiple places, Cole said.

“When I arrived on scene, several neighbors who heard the crash and explosion came running out to see what was going on," Cole said. "Three of the neighbors had moved their cars to block the roadway so other cars wouldn’t drive near the downed lines."

Another witness saw a pickup truck with front end damage and part of the telephone pole in the grill, he said. The truck was seen heading toward the fire station on Upper Cross Road, he said.

Power was knocked out to about 300 homes and businesses in central Lebanon.

Maine State Police are investigating the crash and asked that anyone with information contact 657-3030.

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