UPDATE: NEWTOWN, Conn. — Route 25 in Newtown reopened at about 7:30 am. Saturday, about 19 hours after a two-vehicle crash took down a pole and power lines and set a dump truck on fire.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — Route 25 in Newtown will be closed until at least Saturday after a serious accident Friday afternoon that downed a utility pole at Cold Spring Road near the Monroe border, police said.
The accident took place at 12:15 p.m. noon on Route 25, also known as South Main Street, police said.
A dump truck, driven by a 49-year-old Bridgeport man, was traveling south in the left lane when a 2001 Lexus, driven by 59-year-old Waterbury man, tried to pass in the right lane, police said.
After the right front tire of the Lexus hit the curb, the driver lost control and hit a utility pole, breaking it in half, police said.
Wires fell across the roadway, falling on the dump truck, which skidded into the middle of the road and caught fire, police said.
The driver was able to get out of the truck without injury, police said.
The driver of the Lexus was taken to Danbury Hospital with head injuries, police said.
The repairs were expected to last until at least Saturday morning, police said.
Newtown police were investigating the accident. The Connecticut State Police Truck squad was on the scene, along with crews from Eversource, Frontier Communications, Newtown Public Works, Botsford Fire Department and state Department of Transportation.
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