Crash snaps pole, cuts off power

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 18, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham A worker with Central Maine Power analyzes the situation following a single vehicle crash that sheered off one pole, and landed against another. More than 300 customers were affected by the outage.

South Thomaston — A car crash on Route 73 knocked out power to more than 300 residents and Gilford Butler School Friday, April 18.

Janet Godin, 64, of Spruce Head blacked out while traveling east at about 9 a.m., according to Knox County Sheriff's Deputy John L. Hansen. Godin struck a utility pole, sheering it off, before slamming into a second pole. Power was knocked out in the area for several hours.

Godin was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport by South Thomaston ambulance.

"She was wearing a seat belt and the air bag deployed, which definitely saved her from major injuries," said Hansen.

Godin's 2011 Chevy Malibu is believed to be totaled.

No charges have been filed at this time, according to Hansen.

Gilford Butler School was dismissed early due to the lack of power. More than 300 Central Maine Power customers were affected by the outage. All power was restored by 1:15 p.m., according to CMP.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy John Hansen investigates the scene of this crash Thursday, April 18 on Route 73 in South Thomaston. The force of the impact snapped a utility pole in half, cutting off power to some residents. The driver was taken by ambulance to Pen Bay Medical Center. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The impact of the April 18 crash snapped a utility pole in half and caused a power outage. Gilford Butler School closed early due to the lack of electricity. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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