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Route 2 crash stops traffic

ERVING — Emergency workers were still trying to reopen Route 2 more than two hours after a tractor-trailer crash shut down traffic Monday night.

Trooper Robert Johnson of the Athol State Police Barracks said around 7:30 p.m. a tractor-trailer driver struck a utility pole by the side of the road in the Farley Flats section of Erving, knocking down the pole and ending up with the trailer upright on the road and the tractor over the guardrail.

“Route 2 is still closed now, and they’re trying to get the truck off the guardrail as we speak,” Johnson said at 9:50 p.m.

The Department of Transportation detoured traffic along North Street to South Mountain Road, then Route 63 and back to Route 2.

The accident also accounted for the power outage in the area.

Johnson said National Grid was called to the scene to cut power from the downed pole. National Grid’s online outage map reported 72 customers without power in Erving, with an estimated 10:30 p.m. restoration.

The driver, Santos Robson, 51, of Boca Raton, Fla., was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his hand, Johnson said, and no one else was hurt. The cause of the accident was under investigation Monday night.

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