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Tilton crash topples pole, brings down wires, snarls traffic

Union Leader Correspondent

July 09. 2018 1:59PM
A bucket truck and the boom of a digging rig hold power, phone and cable lines aloft as workers from Consolidated Communications prepare to lift a new utility pole on Route 3 in Tilton. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

TILTON — A vehicle crash sheared off a utility pole on Route 3, dropped live electrical lines onto the highway and closed the road during the busy Monday morning commute.

Police said a silver van plowed into the pole at the intersection of Cross Street shortly before 5 a.m. 

Police said the driver James Nelson, 57, of Franklin, may have fallen asleep at the wheel of his 2009 Chevrolet. He was uninjured.

An Eversource linemen on his way to work witnessed the accident and was able to relay details of the damage. The crash occurred on a straight stretch of highway that has a posted speed limit of 40 mph.

Traffic heading toward Laconia was re-routed onto Route 140 into Belmont, then onto Route 106. Motorists heading toward Tilton were detoured onto Lancaster Hill Road, which intersects with Sanborn Road, then connects with Route 3 near Exit 20 on Interstate 93.

Repair crews arrived at 6 a.m. and by 7:45 a.m. were able to lift the power lines from the eastbound lane of the highway, known locally as Laconia Road.

Eversource spokesman Kaitlyn Woods said 617 of their customers were without power for 46 minutes while crews worked to make temporary repairs. The lines were reenergized at 8:24 a.m.; all electrical repairs were completed at 11:30 a.m.

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