St. John Valley

Accident knocks out power in four towns during final World Series game

FORT KENT, Maine — A pickup truck struck a utility pole knocking out power for several hours to homes in four towns on Sunday evening, likely interrupting the plans of some to watch the final game of the World Series.

Justin Soucy, 35, of St. John Plantation was driving a 2015 GMC pickup traveling eastbound on Route 161 just west of Fort Kent in St. John at about 5:20 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole on the opposite side of the road, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

The pole was carrying distribution lines and a large piece of electrical equipment called a regulator, according to Emera Maine spokeswoman Judy Long.

The regulator fell into the bed of the GMC pickup, but Soucy was not injured in the accident, according to the responding officer, Sgt. Dalen Boucher. Soucy was wearing a seatbelt and the airbags deployed.

Twins Service Station towed the severely damaged pickup from the scene. The utility pole and transformer were significantly damaged, according to Pelletier.

Power was disrupted to more than 800 customers in parts of Fort Kent, as well as the towns of St. John, St. Francis and Allagash for several hours, including during Game 5 of the World Series.

Long said the last customers were brought back online by 10:15 p.m. The game ended shortly after 11 p.m. with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series.

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the accident, which was caused by driver distraction, according to Pelletier.

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