Police & Fire

Accident in St. John causes serious injuries

ST. JOHN PLANTATION, Maine — An Allagash woman received serious injuries due to a single motor vehicle accident in which her car struck a utility pole in St. John Plantation on Thursday evening.

Shelby Taggett, 25, was operating a 2014 Ford Taurus traveling westbound on Route 1 shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday when she lost control of her vehicle.

Taggett said she swerved to avoid a moose in the roadway, according to a report from the Maine State Police.

“The vehicle crossed the centerline partially leaving the left side of the roadway. Taggett overcorrected causing the vehicle to skid out of control and went off the roadway to the right,” according to Sgt. Jeffrey Clark.

The Taurus struck a utility pole, breaking the pole in half and downing power lines, before the vehicle came to a rest in the tree line.

Route 1 closed for several hours as workers cleared the roadway, and customers in the area were also without power for several hours.

Ambulance Service Inc. transported Taggett to Northern Maine Medical Center for serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

A Ford Taurus crashed into a utility pole in St. John on Thursday. The driver of the vehicle, Shelby Taggett, was seriously injured in the accident. (Contributed image)

Trooper Nathan Desrosier investigated and determined that speed was a factor in the accident.

Taggett was not wearing a seat belt, according to police.

The Fort Kent Fire Department and St. Francis Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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