A pickup truck smashed into a utility pole on Howland Avenue on Tuesday.
ADAMS, Mass. — A pickup truck that tangled with a utility pole sent two people to the hospital early Tuesday evening.
A gray 2011 Dodge Dakota Big Horn with Connecticut plates collided with a pole along the northbound lane of Howland Avenue, just across from Ronnie's Cycle Shop, cracking the pole near its base and smashing in the truck's front end. Parts of the truck's front bumper were scattered 20 to 30 feet north of the impact.
The driver, Amitpal Kharbanda, 28, of Summer Street, and her passenger, Donald Harding, 29, were taken to North Adams Regional Hospital. Police said the truck was a rental.
The crash happened about 5:21 p.m. It was not clear why the truck had veered into the pole and there were no apparent skid marks. Police were on the scene taking measurements.
Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the driver and passenger were being transported by Adams Ambulance Service to hospital. He said the original report had indicated that the vehicle was a tractor-trailer truck but that was not the case.
National Grid had been informed of the broken pole and were en route, said Goyette. A new pole was already lying along the roadside so the electrical company may have already been planning to replace the broken pole.
Adams Fire, Police and Ambulance Service responded to the scene and cones were set up to detour traffic around the immediate area.
Both occupants of the vehicle were transported from the scene by about 6 p.m. and National Grid had not yet arrived.
At 11 p.m., National Grid was still working on replacing the pole.
The accident is still under investigation and no cause had yet been determined.
Updated with names, more detail, and minor rewrites at 11 p.m.
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