SKOWHEGAN — A tractor-trailer collision closed part of Water Street on Wednesday when it struck a light pole and local business while trying to make a turn.

Skowhegan Chief of Police David Bucknam said Thursday that crews responded to the report of a collision around 2 p.m. The vehicle, a Western Express 18-wheeler, was traveling west on Water Street and attempted to make a turn on to Court Street when it collided with a lamp post and the building housing Old Soul Collective, a local business.

The operator of the 18-wheeler was Jean Madsen, a 46-year-old student driver, of New Jersey. His instructor, Orega Kouyo, of New Jersey, was also in the vehicle.

“Due to the tight corner, Jean was unable to navigate the turn and struck a light pole and the side of a local business,” Bucknam said.

The police chief estimates about $10,000 in damages, though the extent of the damage to the building is not yet known as officials wait to receive an estimate from the owner.

No injuries were reported and no charges were filed, but Bucknam said that the vehicle was flagged by Maine State Police Trucks and Weights Unit. The unit was called to the scene. As of late Thursday morning, the vehicle remained parked on Court Street.

Water Street reopened approximately an hour after the accident, Bucknam said.

This story has been updated to correct the name of the business hit by the 18-wheeler truck. 

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