ELLSWORTH, Maine — An excavator knocked down utility wires Tuesday afternoon, snapping a utility pole and tying up traffic on Route 3 for about an hour.

According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, a crew from Wardwell Construction was working on Route 3 as part of the Beckwith Hill reconstruction project. An excavator got caught up in the utility wires, pulled them down and snapped a utility pole on Darling’s car lot.

A transformer attached to the pole landed in the back of a pickup truck. A crew from the Ellsworth Fire Department mopped up the oil that leaked from the transformer.

The lines were down across the road and police redirected traffic around the accident site. Traffic coming from Trenton was sent down Beechland Road while traffic heading south up High Street was sent across Kingsland Crossing.