WEST ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Traffic was closed on Water Street in West Elmira Wednesday morning after a car hit a pole.
The crash was first reported around 4:00 a.m. on W. Water St. near the intersection with Cleveland Ave. According to a reporter who went to the scene, the car seemingly hit the pole and was split in half, suffering severe damage.
West Elmira Police said a 67-year-old man fell asleep while driving and hit the utility pole, breaking it at the base and bringing down the wires. However, the driver was not injured, according to police.
As of 7:30 a.m., NYSEG was at the scene of the crash working to remove the pole from the electrical lines, causing some outages for a while in the area, according to the company’s outage map. Traffic was closed from Lexington Ave. to Oakdale Dr. while crews responded to the accident.
West Elmira Police said that around 8:30 a.m., the left lane was reopened on W. Water St.
Elmira City Police, West Elmira Fire, and the NYS Department of Transportation all responded to the scene.