Broken Utility Poll Crushes Car, Knocks Out Power at Troy Village

Emergency responders said no one was hurt in the incident.

Troy Village Apartment houses were without power and a car was crushed a domino-like series of events yesterday.

Late in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 7, a falling tree landed on a nearby power line, which subsequently pulled down a utility poll, which in turn crashed into a parked car.

While no one was hurt in the incident, Jersey Central Power & Light crews were called to the scene to repair the poll. They cut power to the nearby housing units while they worked.

Springfield Auxiliary police officers stationed at the accident site said the tree fell down on its own and ascribed the break to rot. Neighbors questioned the rot as a cause, noting that the full-grown tree had been uprooted and the recent stormy weather.

The owner of the four-door sedan damaged in the crash, a Fowler equipment employee who goes by the nickname Scooter, said he regretted that he had not parked his wife’s car in the space, as it had more extensive insurance coverage. Otherwise, he took a measured, stoic attitude to the afternoon’s events. 

“Sure I’m sad, but it could have been worse,” he said. “S**t happens.”


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