Appleton students get unexpected day off

By Stephanie Grinnell | Feb 04, 2013

Appleton — Students who attend Appleton Village School had an unexpected day off Feb. 4. Interim Superintendent Denis Howard said a logging truck struck a utility pole on Route 131, knocking out power to the elementary school.

Howard said estimates for restoration of power were between three and four hours following the crash, which took place between 6 and 6:30 a.m.

According to Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Elwell, Brian Soiett was driving north on Route 131 in Appleton in a 2001International tractor trailer truck with an empty 48-foot-long log trailer.

As Soiett descended the hill just past the Route 105 intersection, the steering malfunctioned and caused the trailer to swing right, according to police. The trailer struck a utility pole and guardrail.

Soiett was able to bring the truck to a safe stop, police said. He was checked by Union Ambulance personnel at the scene and was not taken to the hospital.

Appleton Fire Department responded for traffic control as there were wires blocking the roadway. Central Maine Power Co. was called to replace pole 101. The truck and trailer were inspected by Commercial Motor Carrier Inspector Dan Russell. The vehicle was removed by All Directions, according to police.

Howard said power was restored at the school around noontime. A school employee at AVS in the afternoon confirmed power returned just after noon.

Students will make up the missed day of school at the end of the school year, Howard said. No other schools in Union 69 were impacted by the Feb. 4 outage, nor will students attending Hope Elementary, Lincolnville Central or Five Town CSD schools be required to make up the missed day.

Monday marked the second day of closure — students were released early Jan. 31 — due to power loss at AVS within a week.

Hope Elementary School also lost power Jan. 31 due to windy weather and canceled school for the day.

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