WHITEFIELD — A tractor-trailer hauling a dumpster crashed Wednesday morning in the area of 116 Vigue Road, knocking down a utility pole and blocking traffic on the road for several hours.

Afterward the truck driver, John Sprague, 61, of Damariscotta, complained of back pain and was taken to the Miles hospital in Damariscotta with injuries that were not deemed life-threatening, said Trooper Clayton Peckham, of the Maine State Police.

The crash was reported at 9:12 a.m. By noon, traffic was still blocked on Vigue Lane, and Central Maine Power Co. was reporting that seven customers on Vigue Road had power outages. CMP estimated that power would be restored by 3:30 p.m.

Sprague was driving north when the truck went off the right side of the road, “struck a CMP power pole, took it out completely, and it came to the rest on the side of the road,” Peckham said.

Peckham was not sure what caused the crash, but said it apparently resulted from either a medical problem or driver error. An inspection by the Maine State Police determined that the truck did not have any problems with its steering system, Peckham said.

Firefighters from Whitefield and Jefferson were called to the crash scene.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

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Twitter: @ceichacker

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