BETHEL – Power was out more than four hours Monday when a vehicle hit a utility pole beside Route 5 and snapped it in half, Bethel Police Chief Alan Carr said Monday.

Two teenage girls were injured and taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway after their 1999 Jeep Cherokee struck a utility pole around 11:30 a.m., Carr said.

“Bumps and bruises” is how Carr described the girls’ injuries. He said he spoke with them later at the hospital.

The girls, who are 16 and 17, were traveling south when the Jeep hit the pole on the same side of the road near the border with Albany Township. Carr said road conditions were icy.

No other car was involved in the crash, and no one else was in the Jeep.

A spokesman at Central Maine Power said a crew had to replace the toppled pole. He said 62 customers in Bethel and Albany Township lost power from 11:48 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

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