2012-01-12 / Front Page / General Stories

Ice too much even for the snowplow!

Plow hits car; car hits utility pole
Eric Gross

Icy road conditions are perilous even for municipal employees: A snowplow slid into an automobile and pushed it into a utility pole Monday evening.

Kent Police received numerous calls around 10 pm reporting Putnam Drive in Lake Carmel to be impassable as a result of a combination of freezing rain and snow that turned the hilly artery into an ice skating rink. A Town of Kent Highway worker was summoned to sand the road.

Detective Kevin Owens said cars were everywhere when the municipal sanding truck arrived: "The driver made it up the hill but as he was sanding the street, his vehicle started to slide out of control and plowed into an auto driven by Alejandro Barraga, 21, of Lake Carmel, that had become disabled due to the icy conditions. The truck slammed into the car and pushed it into a utility pole, snapping the pole in half and pinning the driver inside his demolished car."

Lake Carmel Fire Department Rescue Squad personnel arrived minutes later and used the Jaws of Life to extricate Barraga, who was taken by ambulance to Danbury Hospital where he was admitted for observation.

Owens said the man was released Tuesday morning.

Police remained on the scene of the crash throughout the early morning hours. Putnam Drive was finally reopened to traffic at 7 am Tuesday.

Residents in the Putnam Drive area were also inconvenienced and spent a cold night since NYSEG crews were forced to turn off electric power to some 400 families living in the neighborhood until the accident investigation was concluded and a new pole and wires were installed.

Police did not identify the highway worker who was operating the sanding truck.


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