A Stockton Springs man and a Searsmont woman escaped serious injury after a mechanical failure caused their vehicle to strike a snowbank before hitting a utility pole.

Ben Seekins, supervisor for the Stockton Springs police department, said he responded to a single-vehicle accident Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. The vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Neon, struck a snowbank and then a utility pole, which crushed the roof.

The driver, Justin Canning, 28, of Stockton Springs, told Seekins he was traveling south on Route 1 when the front end of his vehicle became loose. Seekins said Canning told him the vehicle began swerving over the road before it struck the snowbank.

“I would bet a wheel bearing broke,” Seekins said.

Seekins said Canning and his passenger, Miranda McCafferty, 30, of Searsmont, were lucky they weren’t seriously injured, as the roof of the vehicle was crushed down to the bottom of the back window when it struck the utility pole.

Canning and McCafferty were transported to Waldo County General Hospital, where they were evaluated and released.

Seekins said the road conditions were good and he determined the cause of the accident was a mechanical failure. The vehicle was totaled, and Seekins said Central Maine Power was contacted to check the utility pole.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.