AUBURN — Police say a local man experienced a medical problem Tuesday evening while driving north on Washington Street, causing his vehicle to roll over and snap a utility pole.

Troy House, 41, was not injured in the 6:23 p.m. crash near Hackett Road, Auburn police Lt. Anthony Harrington said.

House was on his way home from work when he suffered a medical issue that caused him to drift off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail, Harrington said. He over-corrected and drove off the left side of the road where the SUV rolled over once and snapped a utility pole in half, the lieutenant said.

He said no charges were filed and neither alcohol nor drugs were considered factors.

Inbound Auburn traffic on Washington Street was diverted for about 30 minutes. Power to traffic lights at the intersections of Washington Street and Interstate 95 and Washington Street and Kittyhawk Avenue was quickly restored by Central Maine Power Co.

Harrington said House’s 2009 Subaru Forester was demolished. He estimated $3,000 damage to the utility pole and minor damage to the guardrail.


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