A portion of Commonwealth Avenue and Federal Street near the Liberty Tree Mall are closed on Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer struck an utility pole, knocking down live wires.
The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. and as of 11 a.m. Danvers police and mall security were redirecting drivers away from the area.
The top of the utility pole at the intersection of the two roads, which contained a streetlight, had snapped off and fallen, hanging a few feet above the street.
Drivers coming down Commonwealth Avenue from Endicott Street were being redirected down Independence Way, toward the mall. Drivers coming up Federal Street from Sylvan Street were being redirected into the parking lots at either the restaurant or Dick’s Sporting Goods. And drivers headed up Commonwealth Avenue from the area of the Paul Lydon Aquatic Center were being sent into the Dick’s parking lot also.
There were several crews from Danvers Electric Light on the scene and in order to make the repairs electricity was going to be cut to the area, including Ash, Pine and Sylvan streets. It was expected to affect traffic lights in the area. No details were immediately available about how long the repairs would take or how long the intersection closest to the crash would be closed to traffic.
The truck driver was talking to a Danvers police officer in the parking lot of Dick’s after the crash and appeared unhurt. No other vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash.
The tractor-trailer truck said “Gypsum Express” on the side and had Indiana license plates.