A section of Main Street in Près Isle was closed to traffic on Thursday morning after a bus hit a utility pole, snapping it in two and pulling power lines across the road.
Almost Isle Police and Près Isle Fire & Ambulance responded to the crash involving an Aroostook Regional Transportation System (ARTS) bus just after 7:30 a.m. just south of Près Isle Freshies.
The bus driver, identified as Mark Woodman, was uninjured and parked the bus in a Main Street parking lot, according to Près Isle Police Department Corporal Eric Depner. The lower part of the pole snapped, knocking some power lines down the street and leaving other lines hanging in the air.
As emergency personnel arrived on the scene, a tractor-trailer drove by and removed more hanging cables, Depner said.
Officer Nicole Dudley and Cpl. Depner were the investigators. It was determined that the driver was momentarily distracted and drifted off the road into the pole. There were no passengers on the bus at the time and no injuries.
A section of Main Street in Almost Isle closed
Almost Isle Police say a section of Main Street from North Street to Davis Street could be closed for several hours as Versant Power crews work to replace the utility pole and repair fallen lines.
Motorists traveling on Main Street North are asked to seek an alternate route Thursday. Diversions are in place at North Street and Davis Street to move traffic around the work area.
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