HOLDEN – A crash Friday morning resulted in the closure of a portion of Route 1A and sent a Maryland man to the hospital.
Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley said the crash happened 7:45 a.m., when a man from Maryland was traveling toward Dedham fell asleep at the wheel. He ended up driving into a telephone pole, knocking power lines down, which in turn caused more than 800 Emera Maine customers to lose power.
“The transformer was knocked off, we had a live power line on the ground. You have a combination of a vehicle that may be on fire a person that may be unconscious. So it was a little bit chaotic and frenetic in the beginning,” Greeley said.
Greeley said the driver was not seriously injured but went to the hospital to be checked out. He said no one else was involved in the crash and that he did not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.
The accident temporarily shut down part of Route 1A but the road reopened around 10 a.m., although utility crews were still at the scene at that time repairing the broken pole and power lines.