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Car Slams into Utility, Traffic Pole on Passaic Avenue in Summit, Road Closed Until Further Notice

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Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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SUMMIT, NJ - A single-vehicle accident that took out a utility pole and traffic signal at 81 Passaic Ave. -- immediately adjacent to the Celgene entrance -- has resulted in the road being closed from River Road to Kent Place Boulevard until further notice.

The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, and the driver of the white, midsize Sport Utility Vehicle exited the automobile on their own volition and was later transported to Overlook Medical Center with what are believed to be minor injuries.

While details have not yet been released, the vehicle was traveling southbound on Passaic Avenue from River Road when it exited the road on the right hand shoulder, slamming into and taking down a utility pole and adjacent traffic signal. It came to rest just feet away from a steep embanked that eventually drops down to the Passaic River.

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Area residents report a momentary 'blink', signifying a brief loss of power, but the power stayed on. Celgene reportedly lost power in some areas of its campus, but it was restored soon thereafter via a auxiliary system.

According to the Jersey Central Power & Light website, there is a power outage in the immediate area of the accident affecting between 7-20 customers, crews are on the scene, and power is anticipated to be restored by 11:30 p.m.

This developing story will be updated as further details become available.

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