Downed wires trapped driver, closed street in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – First responders waited for the electrical power to be shut down to free a person who was advised to not get out of their car because a utility pole and wires came down on the car in East Springfield late Thursday night.

Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger told 22News that wires had come down as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Newbury Street some time after 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

He said that a person was advised not to get out of the car, and wait for power to be shut down.

When a 22News camera arrived at the accident site after midnight, the sheared utility pole and wires were laying across the car. A transformer was on the ground right next to the vehicle.  The car appeared to empty, but a stretch of Newbury Street was closed.

Springfield Police Sgt. Clayton Roberson confirmed for 22News that a transformer had been knocked down, and that part of Newbury Street was closed to traffic.

Eversource Energy Company crews were on site, working to clean up the electrical debris and replace the pole and the transformer.

There was no report that anyone had been injured.

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