Maine ambulance carrying pediatric patient crashes into utility pole

By Laura French

BRIDGEWATER, Maine – An ambulance in Maine with a 12-year-old patient crashed into a utility pole Monday night, shutting down power lines and temporarily trapping the rig occupants.

Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen said the crash occurred at approximately 11:10 p.m. when the crew member operating the platform swerved to avoid an animal on the road, according to the Bangor Daily News.

An ambulance with a 12-year-old patient crashed into an electricity pole on Monday evening, causing power cables to fall onto the rig. (Photo / Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office)

The crash dropped the utility pole and caused electrical cables to fall onto the rig, trapping the three occupants until the power could be turned off.

The crew and patient were eventually able to leave the rig and were not injured, officials said. The rig sustained disabling damage and was towed off the scene.

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