NEWTON, NJ—On Tuesday, July 28 around 4:30 p.m., a van struck and snapped a utility pole on Mill Street.
Dooitze Schoelier, 85, of Andover, was driving a Ford Econoline van when he rear-ended a Toyota Camry, which was driven by Stillwater resident, Rose Pasciak, 75.
Schoelier’s van struck and snapped the utility pole, causing the wires to fall onto a vehicle located at the Busy Bee gas station.
Fallen wires, which bring power to the Busy Bee, were ripped off the building and fell onto and damaged a parked vehicle, stated Newton Police Chief Michael Richards. This caused a power outage to the business.
The crash caused a closure of Mill Street between North Park Drive and Clinton Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. and continuing on throughout the night.
Schoelier was issued a summons for careless driving and taken to Newton Medical Center by the Hampton Emergency Squad for minor injuries from an airbag deployment.
CenturyLink and Jersey Central Power and Light responded to fix the pole and wires.
Newton Fire Department and the Sussex County Department of Public Works also assisted at the scene.