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Overnight Crash on South Main Takes Down Utility Pole, Knocks Out Power

A vehicle crashed into a utility pole overnight on South Main Street in West Hartford, landing on its side. Courtesy photo

A portion of South Main Street in West Hartford was closed to traffic after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole and landed on its side.

By Ronni Newton

An overnight crash in the vicinity of 385 South Main St. in West Hartford resulted in a utility pole severed at its base, downed wires, and damage to a transformer, knocking out power to area residents for several hours, officials said.

The vehicle had come to rest on its side, police said.

The incident was reported at 1:05 a.m., West Hartford Police Capt. Eric Rocheleau said.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Hugh O’Callaghan, there were no serious injuries resulting from the incident although the driver was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was helped out of the car by fire department units that responded to the scene.

The driver, a 40-year-old Plainville man, was issued an infraction for failure to drive right and also received verbal warnings for failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving other than cellphone, and traveling unreasonably fast, Rocheleau said.

The West Hartford Fire Department, West Hartford Police Department, American Medical Response (AMR), Eversource, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) all responded to the incident.

South Main Street remained closed throughout the morning Thursday for replacement of the utility pole and expected to reopen by 4 p.m..

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