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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.

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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