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Driver Injured after Crashing into Pole on New Britain Avenue in West Hartford

A car came to rest on its side after crashing into a utility pole on New Britain Avenue Friday afternoon. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A driver wrapped his car around a utility pole on New Britain Avenue in Elmwood Friday afternoon.

Public Works repairs damage to a light pole, which was hit by a driver before he crashed into a utility pole. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police are investigating a single-car crash that resulted in injuries to the driver whose car ended up on its side wrapped around a utility pole on New Britain Avenue in the Elmwood section of West Hartford Friday afternoon.

Police said the crash was reported at 1:27 p.m. Friday.

The vehicle, a 1999 Honda Civic, was headed eastbound on New Britain Avenue when he hit a light pole, knocking it slightly off its foundation, and then crashed into a second pole. The car landed on its side, wrapped around the utility pole with the roof caved in just behind the front seat.

“We’re still trying to piece this together. Witnesses have conflicting statements,” Lt. Chris Chappell said.

The driver was rushed by ambulance to Hartford Hospital. The extent of his injuries were not known, but Chappell said he was “alert and oriented” when police and fire officials responded to the scene.

Police did not have any details regarding the driver, but a man who identified himself as the owner of the vehicle, but did not want to give his name, said the vehicle was being driven, with permission, by his 18-year-old brother-in-law.

The crash remains under investigation.

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