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Hudson crash shears utility pole, knocks out power, closes street

HUDSON – A pickup truck sheared off a utility pole, then smashed into a large pine tree on Webster Street on Friday afternoon, injuring the driver and knocking out power in the area.

Hudson Fire Capt. Dave Morin said a preliminary examination showed that the driver, Dale Gould, 44, of New Durham, was headed south on Webster Street, also known as Route 3A, around 4 p.m. when his 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck crossed into the northbound lane, then left the road, took out the utility pole and hit the tree, coming to rest on the front
lawn of 255 Webster St. ...

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HUDSON – A pickup truck sheared off a utility pole, then smashed into a large pine tree on Webster Street on Friday afternoon, injuring the driver and knocking out power in the area.

Hudson Fire Capt. Dave Morin said a preliminary examination showed that the driver, Dale Gould, 44, of New Durham, was headed south on Webster Street, also known as Route 3A, around 4 p.m. when his 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck crossed into the northbound lane, then left the road, took out the utility pole and hit the tree, coming to rest on the front
lawn of 255 Webster St.

Police said they did not immediately know what caused the driver to lose control and leave the road.

Morin said Gould had exited the vehicle before emergency crews arrived.

Gould was evaluated at the scene and transported by the Hudson Fire Department to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, for minor injuries.

The damaged pole and low-hanging wires forced police to close Webster Street between Sunland and St. Laurent drives.

A flatbed tow truck arrived around 5 p.m., and the driver talked with Morin to figure out the safest and easiest way to remove the pickup truck. After it was removed, Public Service Company of New Hampshire crews got to work on replacing the pole and repairing damage to the wires.

Neighbors, thinking a fast-moving thunderstorm caused them to lose power, learned differently as they went out to investigate upon hearing sirens and noticing traffic backing up.

“The storm came through and the power went out, but it seemed odd because it wasn’t that big a storm,” Patricia Lane resident Nancy Brown said as she stood at the corner of Webster Street and St. Laurent Drive viewing the scene.

“Then we heard sirens, walked down and saw this.”

Heather Smalley said she was headed home to Farmington Drive when she came upon the scene.

“I must have gotten there right after it happened,” she said, adding that a police officer had just arrived and detoured her and other drivers up Sunland Drive.

Eventually arriving home, Smalley said she knew power was out when the garage door didn’t open.

“Then I got out and heard the generator kick on and said, ‘Yep, power’s out,’ ” Smalley said.

The crash happened directly across from Serenity Circle, the entrance to Serenity Estates, forcing residents who had been out when the crash happened to wait until it was safe to drive into the development.

Part of Webster Street, between Sunland Drive and St. Laurent Drive, remained closed while utility crews worked to repair the damaged pole, and traffic on Webster Street was being diverted through the neighborhoods.

Hudson police said the street closure was expected to last through the night and into the morning.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).