A truck took out three utility poles about 12:15 p.m. Monday in front of Evergreen Subaru on Center Street in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

AUBURN — Traffic on Center Street slowed down to a crawl Monday afternoon after a tractor-trailer truck took out several utility poles while making a left turn.

Deputy Chief Tim Cougle of the Auburn Police Department said that around 12:06 p.m., Bruce Brun of Chicopee, Massachusetts, was making a left turn onto Niskayuna Street from Center Street when the top of his trailer caught on the power lines and pulled them down and snapped three telephone poles.

The southbound lanes on Center Street were closed for about two hours while Central Maine Power crews cleared the power lines and debris from the road.

Traffic reopened later Monday afternoon, though the southbound lanes on Center Street were reduced to one lane while CMP replaced poles and made other repairs.

Brun’s truck and trailer are owned by M&M Transport Services Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cougle said the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit inspected Brun’s truck and found no violations.

The accident remains under investigation, he added.

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Auburn police direct traffic Monday afternoon through the inoperable traffic lights at Center Street and Joline Drive. A truck snapped three utility poles at the intersection. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

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