Pole accident causes chaos

BAR HARBOR — A number of downtown businesses lost power for the day on May 7 after a delivery truck accidentally snagged a low-hanging wire from a power pole in the Old Police Department parking lot around 10 a.m. Two power poles were broken and pulled nearly to the ground in the incident.

Power cables running across the parking lot snapped and came down during the accident. A large transformer crashed down into the bed of a pickup truck owned by Side Street Café owner Jeff Young. The transformer opened up and proceeded to leak an estimated 20 to 30 gallons of dielectric insulating oil across the parking lot and toward the storm drains.

Bar Harbor firefighters, stationed just around the corner, were quickly on the scene and were able to prevent nearly all of the oil from reaching the drains, Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said.

Emera Maine power crews also responded to the scene, along with Fairpoint telephone crews and Bar Harbor police. The parking lot was taped off and the street closed to vehicles into the evening.

Clean Harbors, Inc. hazardous waste removal was contracted by Emera to remediate the oil on the scene.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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