Maine ambulance carrying pediatric patient crashes into utility pole

The two crewmembers and 12-year-old patient were trapped by fallen powerlines until the power could be shut off


By Laura French

BRIDGEWATER, Maine — An ambulance in Maine carrying a 12-year-old patient crashed into a utility pole Monday night, downing power lines and leaving the rig's occupants temporarily trapped. 

Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen said the crash occurred at about 11:10 p.m. when the crewmember driving the rig swerved to avoid an animal on the road, according to the Bangor Daily News.

An ambulance carrying a 12-year-old patient crashed into a utility pole Monday night, causing power lines to fall onto the rig.
An ambulance carrying a 12-year-old patient crashed into a utility pole Monday night, causing power lines to fall onto the rig. (Photo/Aroostook County Sheriff's Office)

The crash downed the utility pole and caused power lines to fall onto the rig, leaving the three occupants trapped until the power could be shut off. 

The crewmembers and patient were ultimately able to exit the rig and were not injured, officials said. The rig sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene. 

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