Crash causes Federal Street power outage

  • A utility pole was badly damaged in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday night, causing power outages on Federal Street. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

Staff Writer
Published: 10/22/2019 6:58:36 PM

GREENFIELD — A two-vehicle accident on Federal Street Tuesday sent one driver to the hospital and caused a power outage on parts of the street.

At about 5 p.m., a truck heading north on Federal Street, in the area of Greenfield Middle School and Kostanski Funeral Home, hit a utility pole on the opposite side of the road, then struck a fire hydrant and finally an oncoming car, according to Greenfield Fire Captain John Whitney.

The driver of the truck was brought to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for an evaluation. The driver of the car was not injured, Whitney said.

The utility pole, on the corner of Woodleigh Avenue by the former Bank of America, was broken in half, the lower half twisted sideways and the upper half hanging vertically from the power lines. The road was closed from Beacon Street to Sanderson Street. At some places, power lines hung at eye level.

Power was out on the section of Federal Street from Pierce Street to Pleasant Street, Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan said.

Emergency responders worked with Eversource to determine when power could be restored and when the road could be opened, Strahan said. At about 6 p.m., he said he expected the work to take several more hours.

As a contingency plan, responders also worked to set up generators at Greenfield Middle School and Federal Street Elementary School, but Strahan said their use would probably not be necessary.

Reach Max Marcus at or 413-772-0261, ext. 261.

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