The Star-Herald

Traffic delayed on Route 1 as truck brings down utility lines in Bridgewater

The chute on a 2005 International fertilizer truck owned by McCain Foods caught on some utility lines running across Route 1 in Bridgewater on Monday afternoon and tore them down, according to the Maine State Police.

A second vehicle, a 2004 Ford truck operated by 68-year-old Mark Brewer of Bridgewater, sustained some damage when it struck the downed Consolidated Communications lines, reported Sgt. Josh Haines of MSP Troop F.

Neither Brewer, nor the driver of the fertilizer truck, 72-year-old Cecil Pirie of Perandover, New Brunswick, was injured, according to Haines.

Both drivers were heading south on Route 1 when the accident happened at about 2:07 p.m.

Trooper Scott Duff, who investigated, said a Consolidated Communications worker told him that recent utility work to replace lines in the area may have caused them to be lower than usual.

Traffic was routed around the scene for more than an hour while utility crews worked to clear the roadway.

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