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SUV Crash Snaps Utility Pole, Causes Power Outage, Traffic Backup

A SUV driven by a Boxford teenager crashed into an utility pole on Route 114 on Tuesday evening, sending wires down and cutting electricity for a time.

The electric wires that came down on Route 114 on Tuesday night were due to a sport utility vehicle that crashed into an utility pole, according to Peabody police.

The crash occurred at about 6:15 p.m. in front of Maddy’s Car Wash, just east of the Danvers town line.

One utility pole in font of the car wash snapped off at the top, dropping utility wires down to just a few feet off the road. The next pole to the west, near Outback Steakhouse, also bent down toward the road.

The crash happened when a Ford Escape, driven by Amanda Monteforte, 18, of Boxford, was heading east on Route 114 at the Danvers-Peabody line, said Peabody Police Sgt. Robert Waugh. The SUV left the road and struck the pole.

“That caused the next pole in line to snap,” Waugh said.

Waugh said the teen was the only person in the car.

Monteforte received minor injuries and was taken by Atlantic Ambulance to Lahey North. The crash was under investigation on Tuesday evening and it was not immediately known what caused the vehicle to leave the road, Waugh said. Monteforte did not face any charges.

Immediately after the crash, power was knocked out in the area, including along Route 114 and the neighborhoods off Mt. Pleasant Drive and Felton Street, Waugh said.

Danvers police and State Police assisted Peabody officers with traffic control. State Police said they also called the state Department of Transportation for signboards and arrows to direct drivers past the crash scene, where the five-lane road was narrowed down to two travel lanes.

A crew from Peabody Municipal Light Plant responded and was on scene making repairs as of 10 p.m. The road was still down to two lanes at that time, with one lane in each direction.

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Patriots Fan December 05, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is the 2nd time in 1 week that telephone pole was struck by a teen texting while driving in the area.
Saber Walsh December 05, 2012 at 02:47 PM
We are all lucky nobody was hurt, let alone killed. Not trying to sound like Bob Costas and his other Bloomberg Sychophants, there should be some thought to either improving driver ed even more than what they do now (like REQUIRE InControl training), or restricting what size vehicle a teen can drive. Anyone who drives a pickup, SUV, or truck knows that you need all your skills when someone does something stupid, and teens are still trying to get those skills down.
Tami December 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM
the road has three lanes from the entrance to the trader joes mall till just after the outback and people stay in that lane even though they aren't taking any rights just to try to beat the traffic speeding and passing on the right to merge left .Every night coming home from work it's like a race when the light turns green
Mamas3cuties December 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I witnessed this poor girl as she got out of her car. She was scared and concerned that she wrecked her mothers car. She wasn't the teen that was trying to pass anyone. She is just a young driver that did the same thing a lot of experienced drivers do. She got distracted. As a mother of 3, I can't tell you the amount of times they distract me in the car. In my experience, I see more adults texting and driving than teenagers, not to say that this is what she was doing. She's very very lucky that the pole was the only thing she hit and that she was able to walk away from it, and no matter how many times we said that to her, she was still worried about everything else. Some teens are actually better drivers than adults!
Jeff F. December 07, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I think she is lucky it was just a pole....but for a different reason. Because, IF she was driving distracted and hit (or God forbid, killed) someone else it would be an absolute tragedy (which she would have, rightfully, spent some time in jail for). I am glad that she is okay too...but I'm even more glad that some innocent motorist/pedestrian was spared from her careless driving. People need to learn that your poor decisions don't just affect you.

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