A tractor-trailer turning from Bristol Road onto Main Street in Damariscotta tore down some guy wires and half of a utility pole the morning of Friday, Feb. 5.
Tidewater Telecom Inc., of Nobleboro, responded and determined that no power lines were involved, allowing Damariscotta firefighters to cut the guy wires and free the truck, according to Damariscotta Fire Chief John Roberts.
Roberts said the wires were caught between the cab and the trailer of the truck.
The pole was sheared in half and laid in the northbound lane of Main Street until Central Maine Power Co. workers responded with chainsaws to cut it up and remove it from the roadway.
Lincoln County Communications dispatched emergency services at 9:42 a.m.
The Damariscotta fire and police departments directed traffic around the intersection until the scene was clear at about 10:30 a.m.
Louis Rector, of Tidewater Telecom, said a digger truck would be used to lift out the broken pole and install a new one later in the day.
“We won’t be long,” Rector said.
According to Officer Phil Tessier, of the Damariscotta Police Department, John J. Gagnon, 51, of Pembroke, N.H., was driving the tractor-trailer for Associated Grocers of New England when he made a wide left-hand turn from Bristol Road into the southbound lane of Main Street to avoid a car waiting at the traffic light in the northbound lane of Main Street.
Tessier said the car left after the truck made the turn and the police department was not able to talk to the driver. Gagnon told Tessier the car was too far ahead at the intersection, causing him to make the wide turn.