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ME: Crash Causes Power Surge, Ignites Down East Community Hospital

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

MACHIAS, Maine — Daniel Snowdeal, 48, of Jonesboro was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of a property damage accident after a vehicle he is suspected of driving crashed into a utility pole on Court Street in Machias on Monday night, triggering a power surge that sparked an electrical fire at the Down East Community Hospital.

The surge, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday, filled the radiology wing of the 25-bed hospital with smoke, but none of the patients needed to be evacuated, according to Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison.

Hospital spokesperson Julie Hixson said Tuesday no patients were affected by the fire. The radiology department, she said, used portable technology while electricians worked Tuesday to restore power to in-house equipment. The hospital relied on its emergency backup generators for almost 12 hours, with power being restored at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Hixson said the cost of damages had not been estimated.

The accident remains under investigation by the Machias Police Department.

Story via Bangor Daily News

Teen in ME Saves Mom With CPR After Electrical Shock Accident

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

HAMPDEN, Maine – Police say a Maine teen performed CPR on his mom when she was nearly electrocuted while making Christmas ornaments with a power tool in the Hampden home.

Police say 45-year-old Gidget Walsh was using a jigsaw in her basement when she was knocked unconscious by an electric shock Wednesday night. Hampden police officer Ben Eyles says Walsh’s teenage son performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation when it appeared that she’d stopped breathing.

Eyles told the Bangor Daily News that investigators believe a loose connection between two power cords came into contact with the metal chair that Walsh was sitting on.

He says she was suffering from muscle spasms but was conscious and alert when Hampden public safety officials arrived.

Story via WGME.com