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Power Was Cut to More Than 100 Customers After Crash

The crash Wednesday that snapped an utility pole near the Liberty Tree Mall on Wednesday required the power be cut for an hour so repairs could be made.

Power was cut to 119 customers for about an hour while repairs were made to a snapped utility pole near Liberty Tree Mall on Wednesday.

The pole was damaged in a crash just before 10 a.m. when a tractor trailer struck the pole while turning from Commonwealth Avenue to Federal Street. The driver was not injured and no other vehicle wee involved.

The damage pole was on the corner near Dick's Sporting Goods and it shut down the intersection until the repairs were complete.

Power remained off after the crash but had to be cut for about an hou so repairs could be completed.

As a result of the incident, a guardrail should be installed in the area to prevent future incidents, said Danvers Electric Engineer Hamid Jaffari in an outage report he completed afterward. A complete copy of that report is attached to this story.

The outage lasted an hour, from 11 a.m. to noon, for customers on Ash, Sylvan, Pine and Federal streets.

In addition to snapping the top off the pole, a guy wire was damaged. The Utility Director, Coleen O’Brien-Pitts, said the incident was “a fairly serious motor vehicle hit.”

Anthoney Tavor October 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The tractor trailer never "hit" the pole. The pole was already comprimised and supported with multiple guide wires. The back wheels of the tractor trailer truck hit the guide wires and when this happend the top of the pole snapped.

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