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Truck Snaps Utility Pole In Westport

A truck snapped a utility pole in Westport on Saturday morning, causing Sylvan Road to be closed for several hours.
A truck snapped a utility pole in Westport on Saturday morning, causing Sylvan Road to be closed for several hours. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department
Nobody was injured when the truck hit the utility pole in Westport, fire officials said.
Nobody was injured when the truck hit the utility pole in Westport, fire officials said. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A utility pole snapped on Sylvan Road in Westport on Saturday after a truck slammed into it, closing the roadway while the mess was cleaned up and the pole was replaced.

Police officers and firefighters responded to the scene at 8:30 a.m. on a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a utility pole and wires. When Engine 4 arrived, firefighters found a box truck resting against a stone wall and a snapped utility pole. Live wires were on the truck, energizing it, fire officials said. The occupants of the truck were able to get out without injury.

A transformer on the pole was compromised, leaking a small amount of mineral oil onto the roadway, according to fire officials. Police and fire units blocked off the road, and CL&P responded after a short period of time to deal with the hazardous electrical issue. Fire units remained on the scene while the power lines were de-energized.

Sylvan Road was closed for several hours while CL&P lifted the wires off the truck and replaced the snapped pole.

Fire officials remind residents to treat all downed or low-hanging wires as potentially life-threatening and to assume they are live at all times. Stay a safe distance away from power lines and remember that even de-energized lines can become re-energized at any time.

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