Dump truck pulls power lines, smashing utility pole
MANCHESTER – A commercial dump truck accidentally pulled power lines on Oct.5, causing a utility pole to rupture on County Road 547, police said.
At around 7 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of County Road 547 near the intersection of Ridge Ave. for an accident involving a dump truck.
Police found the dump truck in the southbound lane of County Road 547 with a utility pole cut above it.
Police said the dump truck entered the roadway with the rear open body partially raised. As a result, the raised rear open box struck the power lines crossing the roadway, causing strain and shattering the utility pole.
The driver, Jason Veloso, 33, of Rahway, suffered no injuries in the crash and was wearing his seat belt at the time of the incident, police said.
County Road 547 between County Road 571 and Ridgeway Blvd. were closed in both directions today while repairing the damaged pole and electrical wires.
Jackson Township Police officers, paramedics and firefighters from the Manchester Township Emergency Services Division, Manchester Volunteer Fire Department and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department attended the scene.
Although the investigation is still ongoing, police believe driver error is the main contributing factor. This accident is the subject of an investigation by the patroller Michael O’Hara of the road safety unit of the department.