BUCKSPORT – The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the crisis hotline phones on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge after discovering that the phones aren’t working.
Last Friday officials discovered that three of the four phones were not operational. An investigation revealed that the earpieces have given out over time.
Maine DOT spokesperson Ted Talbot said that exposure to the elements, like lightning strikes, could be the cause of the problem.
The phones connect callers to the statewide crisis hotline to help save lives.
Talbot stated “We have not replaced any of these parts since we installed in May of 2015 so this is the first time we’ve done so. The vendor is going to be shipping us those earpieces overnight, we’ll be in possession of them today and we’ll install them if not today certainly by the latest tomorrow.”
Officials made the discovery after finding an abandoned car by the bridge, indicating someone may have jumped.
Maine DOT said they will also be putting up additional signs with information on how to reach the 24 hour Maine Crisis Hotline, in case the phones are down.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the 24 hour Maine Crisis Hotline at 1-888-568-1112 .