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Trooper Crashes Into Pole, Causes Outage

An unmarked state police cruiser crashes into a utility pole on Toddy Hill Road Wednesday evening.

A state trooper crashed his unmarked cruiser into a utility pole on Toddy Hill Road at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, knocking out power to an area that recently had its electricity restored, officials and residents said.

The trooper, who was wearing shorts and appeared off duty, did not appear injured.

The unmarked cruiser he was operating appeared to have been traveling south on Toddy Hill Road when for an unknown reason the vehicle crossed all travel lanes and crashed into a utility pole on the other side of the road.

Newtown police on scene referred all questions to state police, saying the cruiser was the only vehicle involved and they would leave it to state police to release information.

Traffic in both directions was stopped and homes on the road had their electricity turned off for the second time since Tropical Storm Irene swept through the state.

Utility crews also had to be diverted from storm work in order to repair the downed wires and pole that had cracked in half and was hanging over the vehicle on well-traveled Toddy Hill Road.

It was not known how many people had their power knocked out as a result of the crash. Connecticut Light & Power listed the outages in Newtown at 63-percent, an increase of about 3-percent from earlier in the afternoon.

Sandy Hook volunteer firefighters and an ambulance also were dispatched but no one was transported, according to emergency responders on scene.

DAY September 01, 2011 at 01:52 AM
You...have...got...to...be...kidding...me. Was the trooper charged? Was he asleep? Is this theater of the absurd?
Alex Tytler September 01, 2011 at 08:26 AM
Make it 57 lay offs.
ShadyRest September 01, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Just unbelievable, what a shame
Jeff September 01, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Interesting post on facebook about this accident: "I had just seen this car in the Stop & Shop plaza at about 5:30pm, driving around the parking lot...by the time I had loaded my groceries, a female passenger had joined him. Wonder what's up." I wonder too, was there more than one person in the car? Is this the Newtown P.D. doing a lie by omission and not reporting the facts of the case.
Jim B September 01, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Release the Cracken
DAY September 01, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Troop A has some splainin' to do. Hoa, not to sound like your editor, but are you planning to follow up?
Hoa Nguyen September 01, 2011 at 08:19 PM
http://newtown.patch.com/articles/state-police-lt-was-ill-at-time-of-crash-officials-say
Srqmomma September 03, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Was he texting?
Hoa Nguyen September 05, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Tom, see the comment three up from here. Also see: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/kehoe-stands-by-response-to-state-police-crash
yoda September 05, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Tom , I find men who sucker punch police officers are men that don't have enough courage or honor to do the job, so they resort to put downs. Green eyed monster,so destructive!
Tom Oakes September 05, 2011 at 12:42 PM
yoda, Police officers are public employees and when they appear to not be fully serving the public by witholding information about their own, the public must call them on it. It strikes me as ironic that an anonymous poster would suddenly appear from the ether and accuse me of sucker punching someone.
Tom Oakes September 05, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Hoa, Got it, thanks. I'll make a point of looking for updates in the comments section from now on. It might be better, however, to put the links at the end of the article so that other readers don't miss them. Just a thought. Peace, Tom
Hoa Nguyen September 05, 2011 at 12:53 PM
No, you're right. I've done that in the past. Let's not start going after each other on this comment board, please...double please? :)
jonny dogood September 05, 2011 at 01:21 PM
I have known many cops in the past who have gone to work even when they were sick in times of emergency so as to reduce the burden on their fellow officers and provide service to the public, placing their own needs second to those of the public. They take duty and honor seriously.
yoda September 05, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Oh Tommy i have no problem confronting you, the only reason for my name is to protect my kids. How do you know what happened, where you there at toddy hill? No- so you have no idea what happened, Just another want to be!!!! But can't!
john pookman December 30, 2011 at 04:01 AM
I received a "restricted turn" ticket 25 years ago and it still burns me up. Who wants to go off the road?Give this fuzz one and see how he likes it! They squander the publics good will chasing broken taillights and scoping teen girls then expect us to rally for a fallen (but barfing) comrade. No thanks Migos in blue!

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