Update: 8:09 p.m.
Connecticut Light and Power has finished repairing the snapped utility pole that left a transformer and utility wires scattered on Riverside Avenue today, according to Westport Police Lieutenant Arthur Belile. Riverside Avenue is open to traffic.
When the driver of an Insulpane delivery truck pulled up on the sidewalk to make a delivery this morning, the truck hit the pole and caused it to snap, according to Captain John A. Calka.
The top part of the pole, along with utility wires and a transformer, fell to the ground and blocked the roadway. Although no injuries were reported, another delivery truck became entangled in the fallen wires shortly after the accident.
Many Westport businesses and residents are without power, though power should be restored by early afternoon as CL&P crews are working to fix the damage. While 145 CL&P customers are currently without power, , located on Post Road West nearby the accident, is open for business. The incident caused significantly . Nearly 400 Westporters were in the dark at one point this morning.
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Riverside Avenue will be closed at Post Road West and at Lincoln and Burr streets for an extended period of time while repairs are made to the pole and wires, Calka said.
“Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use caution if they must pass through the area,” he said. “The Westport Police Department and are remaining on scene until repairs are completed.”
Repairs are expected to be completed by 8 p.m.