Downed wire closes Caribou Road

14 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The operation of farm equipment too close to a utility pole was determined to be the cause of a downed power line on U.S. Route 1, just north of the Brewer Road intersection last Tuesday that required police to briefly shut down that section of road so repairs could be made.

The Presque Isle Police Department of the incident around 9:20 a.m. on Aug. 31.

“Ward Turner, 41, of Washburn, was operating a farm tractor in a field he was working in off the Caribou Road. Ward caught the guy-wire for the telephone pole located on the edge of the field, causing the electrical wire to stretch and break, pulling the electrical wire off a nearby residence,” said Officer Pete Johnson, PIPD.

According to Johnson, the electrical wire came down on a Caribou man’s automobile as he passed by.

“The wire came down on Neil Gagnon’s vehicle as he was traveling south on Route 1. Neal reported no injuries and refused medical treatment,” Johnson said.

Traffic was detoured for about  a half hour around the downed line, via the Brewer Road. A Maine Public Service crew responded and had the line repaired a short time later. Assisting with traffic control was Sgt. Eric Erickson, PIPD.