Fiery Crash in Standish Pulls Power Lines into Road [PHOTOS]
Police say a high speed crash in Standish, Maine Wednesday night, took out several utility poles and pulled down power lines into the road.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and the Standish Fire Department were dispatched to Dow Road in Standish just after 9 p.m. Police say a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 that struck several utility poles was on its side and on fire when emergency crews arrived.
At the time received the call, the driver was trapped with power lines down. The caller hung up on dispatch when asked to stay away from the vehicle, according to a Facebook post from the Sheriff's Office.
Suspecting that the caller was going to try to help the driver out of the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office requested that Central Maine Power Company make an immediate dump of the power grid for that area.
The driver, 24-year-old Nicholas Cawood of Standish, was able to get out of the truck with help from local residents. Cawood sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Standish Rescue. A 13-week old puppy was killed in the crash.
Police say speed and alcohol were factors. Cawood was charged with OUI and is due in court on January 17.