HOLDEN, Maine — An accident involving a vehicle and a utility pole late Saturday afternoon caused a traffic jam on busy Route 1A between Bangor and Ellsworth.

Officer Tom Burgess of the Holden Police Department said Lawrence Sinclair Jr., 32, of Ellsworth got distracted and then lost control of his 2002 Ford Explorer. He struck a utility pole where Route 1A intersects with Bagaduce Road.

“He cut [the pole] right off,” Burgess said.

The accident backed up traffic significantly in both directions because the utility pole was lying across Bagaduce Road, forcing cars to be rerouted.

“He walked away without a scratch,” Burgess said, referring to Sinclair. The man’s vehicle, however, was totaled.