Big-rig mishap snarls South Portland traffic

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Part of Main Street was closed for more than six hours Wednesday, March 16, after a tractor trailor knocked down a utility pole.

Police said Vasyl Tykholiz, 33, of Chicago, was attempting to make a left turn from Rumery Street to southbound Main Street when his rig jumped the curb and took out the utility pole at 10:45 a.m.

Lt. Frank Clark said Tykholiz had only been driving the truck for two months. No injuries were reported and he was not charged in the incident.

The accident caused widespread power outages, extending as far east as South Portland High School, and west through “the majority of Thornton Heights” toward Scarborough, Clark said. 

Power began to be restored “fairly soon after” the incident, Clark said. Southbound traffic resumed on Main Street just before 5 p.m.; northbound lanes reopened an hour later.

“Our officers will be glad to get out of the street, so drivers can start waving at them with all five fingers again,” the department said on its Facebook page.