Two-vehicle crash in Fairlee results in downed utility pole, no injuries

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FAIRLEE — A collision involving two vehicles led to a downed utility pole and closed US Rt 5 early Tuesday morning, according to Vermont State Police.

The crash occurred at 6:02 a.m. near Sawyer Mountain Rd when a 17-year-old Fairlee resident, operating a 2009 Toyota Prius, lost control and struck a utility pole, causing it to break and fall.

The falling debris subsequently damaged a 2018 Ford Escape driven by 62-year-old Jeffrey Sharon from Bradford.

Despite the severity of the accident, which left the Toyota totaled and significant damage to the driver’s side of the Ford, no injuries were reported by either driver.

Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the incident.

Fairlee Fire Department had closed the road on both sides due to the broken pole and lines across the highway.

Green Mountain Power, Consolidated Communications, and Eustis Cable worked together to set a new pole, rehang the powerlines, and restore the remaining cables.

The roadway was reopened after the necessary repairs were completed.

Authorities have not disclosed any further details regarding the cause of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Drivers were advised to seek alternative routes during the closure.

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