Teen injured in crash that knocked down utility pole

FORT KENT, Maine — A 16-year-old driver was hospitalized after his vehicle struck a utility pole on Route 1 in Fort Kent late Saturday evening.

Also known as Frenchville Road, Route 1 was temporarily closed to traffic while crews removed the utility pole from the roadway. 

The driver, who lives in Fort Kent, was operating a 2014 Ford Focus hatchback eastbound when the crash occurred at around 11 p.m. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Ambulance Service Inc. transported the teen driver to Northern Maine Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries that are not life-threatening, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Michael DeLena.

The vehicle received significant damage and was towed from the crash site.

Slippery road conditions were a contributing factor to the crash, which remains under investigation, DeLena said.

Fort Kent Fire Department and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.

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