Dump truck snaps phone line, cuts power



A dump truck's wheels were raised off the pavement after its extended dump body snagged utility lines on the Crooked Road in Hulls Cove Monday morning. PHOTO BY ROBERT LEVIN

A dump truck’s wheels were raised off the pavement after its extended dump body snagged utility lines on the Crooked Road in Hulls Cove Monday morning. PHOTO BY ROBERT LEVIN

BAR HARBOR — A truck leaving Macquinn’s pit on Crooked Road with its dump body still extended snagged and tore through phone cables and nearly tipped onto its side this morning.

The area was blocked by police to through traffic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., sending drivers from Route 3 down Norway Drive to access points on Crooked Road.

The driver of the dump truck remained in his vehicle after hitting the cables, unsure if power lines were involved. The truck was stabilized with a backhoe on the passenger side while the rear wheels on the driver’s side hovered several feet in the air.

Firefighters were on scene to monitor the danger. They spread absorbent material beneath the truck where some hydraulic fluid was leaking, Assistant Chief John Lennon said.

The driver was able to exit the vehicle once an Emera Maine power crew arrived on scene and determined no lines were involved. Power was cut for a short time while a phone support cable the truck was hooked on was detached.

Fairpoint Communications had a representative on the scene, Lennon said, who indicated that a specialized splicing crew would be necessary to repair the line. The cable contained around 400 pairs of wires, all of which were severed, Lennon said.

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. rlevin@mdislander.com
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