Central Maine Power Co. was trying to restore electricity Tuesday night on Winter Street in Augusta after a car accident snapped a utility pole shortly before 10 p.m., cutting off power to the street.

Police at the scene blocked off both ends of the one-block street on the city’s west side with their cruisers, at Winthrop and Bridge streets, and were arranging for the placement of barricades to prevent drivers from entering Winter Street.  A CMP worker was cutting up the pole with a chain saw, clearing away the debris and removing the electrical wires that lay draped across the pavement.

Several neighbors stood in the dark on the sidewalks, watching the cleanup work.

A police spokesman could not be reached immediately for further details.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.