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Dozing Driver Knocks Out Traffic Lights in West Hartford

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A vehicle crashed into a traffic control box at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Mountain Road in West Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.

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By Ronni Newton

A one-car accident just after noon on Wednesday, July 15 destroyed a traffic control box and knocked out the traffic lights at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Mountain Road, West Hartford Police said.

According to police, Kyle Saunders, 22, of Bloomfield was driving a 2004 Honda Accord north on Mountain Road when he veered off the road and struck the traffic control box at the northwest corner of the intersection. Saunders told officers that he “dozed off while driving” according to a police report.

The accident caused the control box to be torn from its foundation. The West Hartford Department of Public Works placed temporary stop signs in busy intersection for traffic contol and a police officer was also on scene to direct traffic.

The incident happened at 12:42 p.m. and as of 4:30 p.m. the lights had not yet been restored. Police did not have a timetable for when the repairs would be complete.

Saunders was treated at the scene for minor injuries and transported to St. Francis Hospital, police said.

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