Ambulance Strikes Utility Pole on Route 1 in Monticello
Two EMT’s escaped injury early Friday morning after a Caribou Ambulance struck a utility pole along US Route 1 in Monticello, causing a power outage in the area.
Maine State Police say 18-year-old Nicholas Pelletier was driving north in a 2009 Ford Ambulance shortly before 1 a.m. Nicholas told police he fell asleep while driving, drifted to the right of the highway and struck a utility pole, according to Corporal Dennis Quint.
The pole broke away from the base and a power transformer dislodged and fell to the ground. The electrical lines became tangled in the trees, causing a power surge, which led to the outage.
Neither Nicholas nor the other EMT, 49-year-old John Thornton of Woodland, was injured in the crash, Quint said.
Route 1 was shut down for about 3 hours due to power lines in the roadway. Crews from Emera Maine removed the downed lines, and restored power to the area.
The ambulance sustained significant damage during the crash and was towed from the scene.
Monticello Fire Department and Fairpoint Communications also responded to the accident.