Crash causes utility pole to catch on fire

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Officials were called to the scene of an accident at 4:23 a.m. today on Route 161 west of Route 38 near Chuckery. Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said a driver was operating a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer westbound on Route 161 when he lost control, drove off the road and struck a utility pole. He said the utility pole caught fire, creating heavy smoke in the area and causing several wires to go down. Union Township Fire Department and Mechanicsburg Fire Department responded to the scene but could not find the vehicle. Morgan said officers from the Mechanicsburg Police Department located the vehicle, a 15-year-old juvenile driver and a juvenile passenger in Mechanicsburg at 6:25 a.m. The passenger was transported to Urbana Hospital. The driver was cited for failure to control, no operator’s license and leaving the scene of an accident. The incident closed Route 161 for hours.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell)



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