New Castle News

September 6, 2013

Rig takes out utility pole, snarls traffic

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A tractor-trailer rig hit a utility pole in downtown New Castle Friday, snarling downtown traffic.

Vehicles were backed up for blocks while police dealt with the accident, caused when the oversized rig made a turn off Croton Avenue onto East Washington Street.

New Castle police said the accident occurred at 11:50 a.m. Although the oversized vehicle had the proper state permits to be taking the route through the city, police noted it was too large to make the turn and it hit the Penn Power pole.

“In its infinite wisdom, PennDOT issued a permit for the truck to come through town,” traffic officer Chris Fabian said. “Something that big just can’t make the turns through a residential city.”

Fabian said he will most likely continue to butt heads with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Darren D. Allen, 47, of Minesing, Ohio. The owner of the rig is Ontario Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Penn Power was contacted and went to the scene to replace the pole. No other damage was reported.

Police noted the tractor-trailer was the proper length for its permits and escort units had stopped other traffic to allow it to make the turn. No citations were issued.

Police cleared the scene by 12:30 p.m.