Truck Hits Utility Pole Causing Road Closures, Power Outage

David Creed •

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A utility pole on Cliff Road was struck and broken in half by a roll-off truck Monday afternoon just after 3 p.m., causing power outages at more than 260 properties and road closures.

Nantucket police, firefighter/EMTs, and National Grid employees responded to the scene, where mineral oil was leaking from the transformer box at the top of the pole, and live wires were downed on the road.

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The driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, was transported to Nantucket Cottage Hospital to be treated for minor injuries but is expected to be fine according to public safety officials at the scene.

According the crash report, the truck was traveling east on Cliff Road when the driver swerved off the road to the right to avoid another vehicle. The truck hit the utility pole, then went over cement steps on one of the properties, through a group of hedges, and into a stone wall at Kite Hill Lane.

The telephone pole was snapped in half and the truck was towed after sustaining heavy damage to the front end. National Grid workers on scene told the Current they were hoping to have the telephone pole replaced and return power to most of the homes impacted by the crash by 11 p.m. Monday night.

There were no more reported power outages on the island come Tuesday afternoon according to National Grid.

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