A 27-year-old woman and her young child were injured Friday afternoon when their car went off Route 1 in Mars Hill and crashed into a utility pole.

Maine State Police say Ashley Burch of Perham was driving her 2004 Honda Accord south on Route 1 shortly before 2:00 p.m. when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole. The pole broke in half and the upper portion landed on top of the car, according to Corporal Dennis Quint.

Burch and her 17-month-old son were transported by ambulance to Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle with what police called “non-life-threatening” injuries.


Maine State Police

Route 1 in Mars Hill was reduced to one lane while crews from Emera worked to shut off power to the lines so the vehicle could be removed. Maine Department of Environmental Protection responded due to fluid leaking from the car and from the power transformer, Quint said.

Mars Hill Fire Department also assisted at the scene. The vehicle was towed away by Brewer’s Service.

Maine State Police

The crash remains under investigation by Trooper Ted Martin.