OXFORD — Congestion stemming from a downed power line along Route 26 Tuesday afternoon is being blamed for a crash moments later. 

Oxford firefighters and emergency personnel responded to reports of a downed power line at 2:45 p.m. at 552 Main St. after a tree limb disconnecting power to a home, Oxford fire Chief Scott Hunter said.

Oxford Police Department closed a portion of Route 26 for an hour Tuesday afternoon and redirected traffic onto King Street while crews from Central Maine Power worked to restore power.

According to Officer Zane Loper, 10 minutes after police reopened the road, Bonnie Michaud, 49, tried to turn left from Route 121 onto Route 26 when she pulled out in front Richard Lavoie, 61, of Poland, who traveling northbound. 

Loper said neither driver complained of injuries following the low-speed collision. The silver 2004 Dodge pickup driven by Lavoie suffered front-bumper damage and was able to be driven from the scene.

The black 2008 Subaru Legacy driven by Michaud received front driver’s-side damage to the axle and had to be towed from the scene.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were no reported outages on Central Maine Power’s website.


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