2017-06-12 / Front Page

Driver swerves to avoid deer, hits pole


WATERBORO – A 71-year-old local man was taken by Waterboro Fire and Rescue to Southern Maine Health Care with what police say were non life-threatening injuries after he swerved his car to avoid a deer in the roadway and struck a utility pole.

The mishap took place around 3 p.m. Monday near 247 Middle Road.  York County Sheriff Bill King in a statement said George Mason’s vehicle struck a utility pole, snapping it into sections and downing wires across the roadway.

Middle Road was shut down for about 2 hours. 

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials report that estimating conservatively, vehicles kill 3,000 to 4,000 deer each year in the state.  Deer will cross roads at any time of the day or night, creating a hazard for the vehicles, passengers and themselves.

IF&W officials say more than half of all deer-vehicle collisions occur in October and November and believe the rut  and peak days for hunting may account for the timing



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