A tow truck from P.E. O’Halloran of Ellsworth prepares to move a damaged tour bus off the Cadillac Mountain Road in Acadia National Park on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANP

Bus breakdown blocks Cadillac Mountain Road

ACADIA NAT’L PARK – Smoke pouring from the rear of a tour bus ascending the Cadillac Mountain Road cause the vehicle to be evacuated, restricting traffic for nearly 7 hours on Saturday.

According to rangers, the driver stopped the bus about a half-mile short of the summit around 2 p.m. when he noticed the smoke. He stopped the bus in the travel lane of the narrow road and had the passengers, who had arrived on the cruise ship Zuiderdam, disembark.

No flames were seen but in addition to the smoke, the bus left a trail of motor oil on about a half-mile of the road. An oil line on the rear-mounted motor had apparently broken and spilled oil onto the hot exhaust, rangers said. No injuries were reported.

In addition to responding to the reported fire, rangers and Bar Harbor Firefighters also deployed oil spill cleanup equipment. An estimated five gallons leaked.

Another bus was summonsed to return the passengers to their ship.

During the early response, only vehicles descending the mountain were allowed on the road.

The first tow truck dispatched to remove the bus was deemed too small for the job. When a larger truck appeared, it was determined that broken down bus’s brake lines had been damaged so additional assistance was requested.

The towing operation by P.E. O’Halloran Inc. of Ellsworth began about 7:30 p.m. The three-mile trip took about 40 minutes.

The summit road opened to traffic at 9 p.m.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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