PHOTOS: Teen takes out Meriden power pole
Driver uninjured in mishap on sharp curve
MERIDEN, NH - A Cornish teenager on his way to a school day at the Mid-Vermont Christian School in Quechee sliced through a power pole and travelled a couple of car lengths down into the edge of large swamp first thing Friday morning but he managed to emerge from the ordeal unscathed.
"The young man came around the corner and got into the side of the ditch, lost control, and over-corrected it," Plainfield Police Chief Paul Roberts explained, noting, "He tried to come back onto the road and lost it. He spun around in the road and the broke the pole."
Chief Roberts said the teen, Daniel Roberts of Cornish, to whom he is not related, was a new driver and there did not appear to be anything untoward about the accident which happened on Penniman Road just south of the intersection with Whitaker Road.
Meriden Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Taylor said his crews secured the scene and provided traffic control until a crew from the New Hampshire Electric Coop was able to arrive and replace the pole.
First Class Lineman Kevin McLaughlin (in bucket) and Working Foreman Mike Austin of the New Hampshire Electric Coop
The power was still on and McLaughin said he expected to get through the repairs without having to cut it
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