BETHEL — A Bethel teenager escaped serious injury and electrocution Friday afternoon when police say he lost control of his pickup on ice on Chandler Hill Road and slid into a utility pole, which broke and fell on the truck.

James A. Lowell, 16, was about a mile from his home when the accident occurred at about 3:20 p.m., Oxford County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael R. Parshall said Saturday.

“When I first got there, he said he had no complaints of pain, and then soon afterward, he said, ‘Mr. Parshall, I think I’ve got glass in my eye,’ and I called for Bethel Rescue,” Parshall said.

Lowell was checked at the scene and taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway by his mother.

Parshall said Lowell was on his way home from school when he turned off Route 26 and onto Chandler Hill Road in his 2001 Ford Ranger.

“About a tenth of a mile in on the road, the truck hit a patch of raised ice, which caused the truck to slide into the oncoming lane,” the officer said. “He overcorrected and skidded sideways into the Central Maine Power pole on the driver’s side.”

The force of the impact snapped the pole, dropping the top portion onto the truck, and 300 feet of power lines fell — from Route 26 to 10 Chandler Hill Road, Parshall said.

“He was very lucky, because the power lines were 10 feet behind his pickup and electricity was arcing,” Parshall said. “And he was such a nice and decent kid that he called 911 immediately to tell dispatch to cut the power, and it went off after he called.”

Parshall said speed wasn’t a factor, just road conditions and driver inexperience.

He estimated damage to the truck at $6,000; and $3,000 to the pole and for labor to replace it.

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