Driver charged after police say truck struck pole, left scene

By Beth A. Birmingham | Sep 13, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham A dump truck clipped a utility pole in front of the Rockland Hannaford and fled the scene just prior to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

Rockland — A truck driver from Oxford has been charged after the tractor trailer he was driving struck and knocked down a utility pole Tuesday afternoon at the entrance to Hannaford Supermarket on Maverick Street, according to Rockland police.

Rockland Police Sgt. Ken Smith said Christopher Hanson, 64, was charged with failure to notify of an accident by the quickest means and leaving the scene of an accident. The truck is owned by Perry Transport Inc. of Poland.

The crash occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Police and electrical crews remained at the scene into the evening. Smith said the driver made an improper turn with the tractor trailer.

According to witnesses Kelly Kenney and her mother, Gloria Kenney, who lives on the corner of Spruce and Maverick streets, a big yellow dump truck loaded with something covered by a tarp attempted to turn right out of the parking lot and ran into the utility pole, bringing it, along with the signal lights, down.

The vehicle then left the scene. The witnesses were unsure which direction -- Route 17 or Birch Street -- the vehicle headed. Smith said the vehicle was stopped in Rockport based on information provided by witnesses.

Traffic was being rerouted on sections of Maverick Street but the entrance to the Rockland Plaza Shopping Center remained open during the day.


Rockland Police officers direct traffic on Maverick Street in front of Hannaford after a utility pole was clipped off, and the vehicle left the scene. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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