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Armored truck takes out utility pole in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Utility poles in the area have taken a beating so far this winter as multiple vehicles have struck one or another after sliding off icy roadways.

The latest such accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, when a GardaWorld armored truck crashed into a pole on Route 161 near the New Canada town line.

The driver, Todd Malmgren, 53, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was traveling northbound when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the southbound lane and left the roadway, striking an Emera utility pole, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

Malmgren was not injured in the crash.

The investigating officer, Sgt. Dalen Boucher, reported that freezing rain and a snow covered road surface caused the accident.

The utility pole was damaged but the accident did not affect power service to the area.

The GardaWorld truck received extensive damage and S. Paradis & Son towed it from the scene.

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