FRYEBURG — A Ford truck collided with a utility pole Sunday morning when the driver crossed lanes while distracted, according to a statement from Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin.

A 27-year-old Fryeburg man was traveling north on Route 5 in a blue 2002 Ford F-350 when he struck a pole just past the fairgrounds at 2:30 a.m.

“We believe distracted driving (texting) is the cause of this crash,” Potvin said in a news release. “The operator is extremely fortunate there was no approaching southbound traffic, pedestrians or personal injuries as a result of operating while distracted.” 

There was extensive damage to the truck, but the driver was not injured.

Potvin reminded motorists that “operation of a motor vehicle while ‘distracted’ is extremely dangerous and in summary means engaging in an activity that is not necessary to the operation of the vehicle.”

The crash was under investigation, and charges may be filed.


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