POWER WAS OUT for nearly five hours after a car lost control on the snow covered road and hit a utility pole on Route 24 in Topsham near the Bowdoinham town line Wednesday morning.

POWER WAS OUT for nearly five hours after a car lost control on the snow covered road and hit a utility pole on Route 24 in Topsham near the Bowdoinham town line Wednesday morning.

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Hundreds of Central Maine Power Co. customers were without electricity for about five hours as crews repaired a utility pole sheared by a car Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported at 8:46 a.m. on Route 24 near the Bowdoinham town line. Traffic was closed on both ends and in Topsham, detoured down Foreside Road.

Topsham police say Erynn Taylor, 24, was driving a 2001 Subaru Legacy traveling south on Route 24 when she lost control on the snow-covered roadway and struck the utility pole before coming to rest in a ditch. She was not injured.

The CMP website reported more than 1,000 power outages, most in Bowdoinham and Topsham but also some in Bowdoin and a handful in Richmond. Power was restored shortly before 2 p.m.

Maine State Police also warned drivers to drive slow. They posted on their website at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning that a southbound vehicle had rolled over on Interstate 295 in Topsham near mile 31. The driver suffered minor injuries.

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