Tractor Trailer Crash Causes Power Outage along Route 236 in Maine

Police said a tractor trailer that crashed into a utility polie on Route 236 in Maine caused a power outage to nearby homes.More than 100 customers were left without power after a tractor trailer crashed into a utility pole overnight on Route 236 in York County, Maine, on July 7.

According to, the accident occurred around 3:50 a.m. after the 44-year-old driver of a 2010 Peterbilt big rig, Mark Griffin of Missouri, apparently became disoriented while traveling southbound on Interstate 95 on his way to make a delivery at a Walmart in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Police told the news agency that Griffin then exited onto Route 236 and failed to negotiate a sharp turn onto Route 101 in Maine, thinking it was Route 101 in New Hampshire. Police said Griffin crashed into the pole, which snapped in half in the town of Eliot.

Central Maine Power officials said approximately 168 area customers were affected by the power outage, which lasted for several hours.

Griffin was not charged in the accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 22 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in York County, Maine, in 2009.