Driver strikes utility pole in Orange, sustains non-life-threatening injuries

Orange Fire and EMS responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a utility pole on Route 202 late Wednesday evening. The driver was transported to Athol Hospital.

Orange Fire and EMS responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a utility pole on Route 202 late Wednesday evening. The driver was transported to Athol Hospital. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/BRYAN FAVREAU

Following the initial crash, a second vehicle struck the downed utility pole. The driver was not injured.

Following the initial crash, a second vehicle struck the downed utility pole. The driver was not injured. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/BRYAN FAVREAU

By MAX BOWEN

Athol Daily News Editor

Published: 09-14-2023 6:24 PM

ORANGE — A driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries after veering off the road and striking a utility pole on Route 202 near Herrick’s Tavern on Wednesday night.

According to Fire Chief James Young, the crash was reported at 11:35 p.m. Upon arrival, Orange EMS transported the driver to Athol Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Prior to fire and EMS arrival, Young said that a second vehicle, a tractor-trailer, struck the downed utility pole, with that evening’s heavy fog being considered a factor in the incident. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

Power to the area was knocked out for several hours. National Grid was called and had the power restored by 5:20 a.m. with repairs to the pole underway Thursday morning.

Max Bowen can be reached at 413-930-4074 or at mbowen@recorder.com.

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