Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — A lone driver lost control of his vehicle on W. Wynnewood Rd. yesterday striking a Peco Electric Pole.  Lower Merion Police and Narberth Ambulance were dispatched to the incident which occurred In the 1400 block of W. Wynnewood Rd. at approximately 2:30 PM.

The Narberth medics quickly extracted the victim from the vehicle and transported him to the Lankenau Medical Center Emergency Department.  The victim was conscious and had visible injuries to his right hand.

 

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Amazingly, the driver’s injuries were reported to be relatively minor when compared to the damage done to the car and the pole.

A neighbor on the scene reported that she thought the man might have fallen asleep while driving the car.    

The vehicle had to be left on the scene because PECO officials were afraid that removing it would cause the pole to swing out and potentially have the wires come down.  At the top of the 50-foot pole was a 13,200 Volt power line. Under that line, there were three 600 Volt lines.

The plan was to work through the night to have the pole jackhammered out of the ground and replaced.  The work was estimated to take many hours and require at least three PECO crews that most likely would work through the night.

 

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The car which was heading towards Lancaster Avenue crossed into the opposing traffic heading towards Haverford Township and crashed head-on into the electric pole.

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