A utility pole required replacement after the crash on South Main Street at the intersection with Rumford Street.
By Ronni Newton
A female driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after crashing into a utility pole on South Main Street at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.
A southbound driver said he was stopped on South Main Street waiting to turn left onto Rumford Street when the driver of a Toyota Sienna attempted to go around him on the right side. That driver said he heard a crash and continued his turn to get out of the way. The Sienna had landed on the lawn of a house on the west side of South Main Street, and crashed into a utility pole.
Police said that the driver of the Sienna, a woman in her mid-40s, had swerved to avoid the car that was stopped for the turn and slammed into the pole.
The utility pole was severely damaged in the incident, with a large crack, and required replacement. Crews asked that the van not be removed from the scene immediately, because they were afraid that moving it would cause the pole to fall across the road.
More than 12 hours after the crash, crews were still at work replacing the pole.
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