Maine State Police say high winds and a mechanical issue led to a tractor trailer accident on U.S. Route 1 in Bridgewater Wednesday afternoon.

Maine State Police
Maine State Police

At around 12:45 p.m., 31-year-old Matthew Kilcollins of Mars Hill was driving a Casella garbage truck/trailer north on Route 1. Due to high winds and a mechanical failure, the top cover of the trailer opened and went upright, adding about 7 extra feet to the height of the trailer.

Police say the trailer struck power lines that were hanging across the highway, damaging the lines. Kilcollins was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Maine State Police, The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Emera Maine and Fairpoint Communications all responded to the crash.

Crews were on scene for about 2 ½ hours repairing the damage.

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