Police: Distracted driving may have been a factor in utility pole crash
ROCHESTER — A road in Rochester was closed early Saturday morning while crews repaired a utility pole that was struck by a vehicle.
Rochester police said they responded to the area of 12 Winter Street around 1:02 a.m. for a report of a car hitting a utility pole and causing it to snap.
When police arrived, they learned a 2008 Audi S6 driven by Nigel Reed, 40 of Dover, struck the pole when he veered off the road. Reed and his passenger Maria Umbarita Fuentes, 24 of Dover, were evaluated by EMS at the scene and refused to be transported to the hospital.
Police said the vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene.
Eversource Energy responded to the scene and determined that the pole needed to be replaced.
Police said preliminary investigations revealed that distracted driving may have been a factor in the crash.