Crash causes poles, wires to fall onto Easton Avenue

Submitted by New Jersey truck accident attorney, Jeffrey Hark.

Drivers might want to steer clear of Easton Avenue through the Wednesday morning commute to allow time for wires and poles to be cleaned up following a Tuesday afternoon crash.

A tractor-trailer and a Honda Civic became entangled in wires that fell onto Easton Avenue after wires and three poles were struck by the truck. The drivers had to wait until the power was turned off before there safely able to exit their vehicles.

Around 3 pm., police received multiple 911 calls about poles and wire down on Easton Avenue in the area of Worlds Fair Drive. When police arrived, they began diverting traffic. An initial investigation indicated that a U.S Cargo Line tractor-trailer was traveling south on Easton Avenue when it struck overhead wires.

Police said the tractor-trailer, driven by Philip Belk, 47, of Kulpmont, Pennsylvania, was hauling a portion of a power station. The truck apparently pulled the wires, snapping the pole at the intersection of Easton Avenue and Worlds Fair Drive, along with three poles on the northbound side of Easton Avenue.

Veeramani Ramamoorthy, 38, of Somerset, driving a 2004 Honda Civic, was struck and became entangled in the live power lines. Police said Belk and Ramamoorthy were confined to their vehicles until PSE&G could turn the power off and allow them to safely exit their vehicles.

Power lines on Easton Avenue in Franklin following an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Power lines on Easton Avenue in Franklin following an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Theresa Seemann, 58, of Scotch Plains, driving a 2015 Honda CR-V, was also struck by the downed wires but was able able to safely move past the area and exit her vehicle, police said.

Police said an unoccupied 2015 Ford Fusion parked in the Bank of America lot on Worlds Fair Drive., also was struck by downed lines. No one was injured as a result of the crash, police said.

Easton Avenue was shut down in both directions between Worlds Fair Drive and Cedar Grove Lane. Repairs were to continue through the overnight hours and could possibly impact the morning commute.

The crash is under investigation by the Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau, and no summonses have been issued at this time, police said.

Originally published here by mycentraljersey.com

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