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Police report a one-vehicle accident in Sandy Hook early on the morning of Friday, November 3, that caused extensive damage to the vehicle and to overhead utility lines, resulting in lengthy detours that created congested conditions through the morning rush period.
Police said that motorist Christopher J. Brosz, 30, of Shelton was driving a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck eastward on Berkshire Road (Route 34), just west of its intersection with Thunder Ridge Road, at about 1:36 am when the truck traveled off the right road shoulder and then struck a utility pole and a stone wall.
The impact caused the truck to roll over onto its driver’s side. There were no injuries.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company members were dispatched to the scene on a report of wires down, said Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead. Firefighters stood by at the scene for about two hours, considering that the accident had snapped a utility pole and caused live electric lines to dangerously drop downward.
The crash, which occurred on a main commuter route, resulted in Route 34 being closed to through traffic between its intersection with Route 111 in Monroe and its intersection with Wasserman Way in Sandy Hook, a distance of about five miles. The detour included use of Route 111 in Monroe and Route 25 in Monroe and Newtown.
During the detour, only local traffic was allowed to travel on Route 34 in the area lying between its intersections with Wasserman Way and Route 111.
About midmorning on November 3, alternating one-way traffic was allowed to pass the area where the electrical equipment damage had occurred and was under repair. Later, regular two-way through traffic was restored on Route 34.
Both Eversource and Frontier Communications made repairs to the damaged equipment.
Police said they verbally warned Brosz for failure to drive in the established lane.