Truck crash takes down pole and wires

[Courtesy: Westport Fire Department]

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Emergency officials responded to a truck that crashed into a utility pole and was stuck under electrical wires on Saturday morning.

A box truck crashed into a utility pole on Sylvan Lane, snapping the pole in half and knocking down wires, according to officials. The accident happened at 8:30 am.

When crews arrived, they found the box truck up against a stone wall. Live electrical wires were hanging from the snapped poles and energized the vehicle, police say.

Authorities say the people inside the truck were able to get out safely.



Officials had to fix a transformer that was leaking mineral oil onto the roadway. Crews from Connecticut Light and Power showed up quickly to deal with the hazardous electrical issue.

Sylvan Road South between Post Road West and Riverside Avenue remained closed while CL&P officials lifted the wires from the truck and replaced the snapped pole.

The scene was finally cleared at 10:22 am. Sylvan Road was reopened around 6 pm.

The Westport Fire Department wants to remind residents to treat all downed or low hanging wires as potentially life threatening. Assume they are live at all times. Stay a safe distance from the power lines. And remember, even de-energized power lines can become re-energized at any time.

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