UNION — A series of events led to four utility poles being pulled down at the intersection of Route 17, Sennebec Road and Town House Road on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 16.

Route 17 was closed at the intersection and Town House Road was closed to through traffic and expected to remain closed well into the night.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Lanphere, 41, of Appleton was operating a 2018 Dodge Ram 3500 with an attached 16-foot long trailer. He attempted to take a right hand turn off of Town House Road into the parking lot of Four Corner Variety at about 3 p.m. Due to the trailer being on his truck, he cut it too sharp and his trailer took out the guide wire, causing the pole to break. When the pole broke, the wire over Route 17 hung low over the road.

A Pine Tree Waste truck was traveling east on Route 17 and hit the low-hanging wires, causing three more poles to break. This resulted in the entire intersection of Sennebec and Route 17 being closed and the entrance to Dollar General and Four Corner Variety on Town House Road blocked, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Electrical power was lost in the area. CMP reported 192 customers in Union and Appleton were without power.

Union Fire, the Sheriff’s Office and Central Maine Power were on scene within minutes of the call coming in. Traffic was rerouted away from Route 17 to Common Road. Appleton Fire shut down traffic on the Appleton end of the Sennebec Road.  CMP has no estimated time as to when they will have the poles replaced and power restored or the road opened.