NEW BRITAIN – A driver struck a utility pole on Stanley Street Thursday afternoon leaving wires draped across the road and his vehicle.
The man wasn’t seriously injured but was trapped in his car for a period of time until workers from Eversource could create a safe path for firefighters to get him out, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Morgan said. The large pole snapped in half during the crash leaving electrical, phone and cable wires in the road and near the vehicle.
The crash occurred at around 3:50 p.m.in the 1800 block of Stanley St. just north of Ella Grasso Boulevard. Neighbor Craig Schmitt heard the crash and then his power went out. “From the way the pole is hanging he was headed north on Stanley Street and maybe didn’t make the curve,” Schmitt said. “They had to wait for Eversource to get him out.”
Schmitt and about 500 other residents lost power due to the crash. Eversource notified customers that electricity would on by 5:45 p.m. That time seemed like an underestimation based on the way the pole was hanging in the street, Morgan said.
Police blocked traffic on Stanley Street from Ella Grasso Boulevard to Blake Road. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Firefighters were placing tape around the area to give Eversource workers room to work without interference from local traffic. It was unclear how long the road would need to be closed.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com