Tow truck takes out 2 utility poles in Bristol, causing power outage

Published on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:00


BRISTOL - One person was sent to the hospital after a truck towing two vehicles left Willis Street in the midst of a snowstorm Wednesday and smashed into two utility poles, leaving both of them snapped and dangling by power lines.

The accident was reported shortly before 11 a.m. in the area of 480 Willis St., where police and firefighters found low hanging wires extending from two broken utility poles, one of which had a transformer on it that was heavily damaged. According to Eversource, 83 customers in the area did not have power shortly after the accident. By 1 p.m., that number was down to two.

The road was expected to be closed in the area of the crash for some time while utility crews made repairs and the vehicles were towed away.

According to first responders, the driver of the tow truck involved in the crash was taken to Bristol Hospital for what was considered non-life threatening injuries. He told police and firefighters he was forced off the road by a car that was traveling on the wrong side of the road.

The car took off after the crash, the tow truck driver said.

The tow truck sustained heavy damage, particularly to its driveshaft, and one of the cars it was towing was jettisoned about 10 feet off the road. The other vehicle was left on the tow truck bed and was started when the active wires came down and made contact with it.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, , Bristol on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:00. Updated: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:03.