Car hits pole, closes Thunder Lake Road

A car accident involving downed power lines Sunday afternoon closed part of Thunder Lake Road to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for almost 10 hours. A total of 44 homes lost power.

Around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14, a Wilton motorist southbound on Thunder Lake Road near number 131 “looked away from the road” long enough for his 2009 Lincoln MKS to drift into a snowbank, police said.

The Lincoln then struck a utility pole on the side of the road, breaking the pole in half and causing wires to come down into the street. The car was damaged but its driver was left uninjured.

In addition to Wilton police, responders included Georgetown volunteer fire and EMS as well as crews from Eversource Connecticut.

According to an Eversource spokesperson, 44 homes lost power as a result of the downed pole, and the pole needed to be replaced, as did the transformer. Oil was spilling from the damaged transformer onto the street.

Two crews from Eversource responded to install the replacement pole, and a state-contracted environmental crew responded to clean up the hazardous spill.

The Wilton Police Department had reopened one lane of travel on Thunder Lake Road by 9:20 p.m., and power for all 44 residences was restored by 10:15 p.m.

The driver was issued an infraction for failure to drive in the proper lane and was released from the scene after refusing medical transport. His Lincoln was towed due to disabling damage. The accident is still under investigation.

— This article was changed to reflect that 44 homes lost power as a result of the accident, not two, as was previously stated. The incorrect number was supplied by an Eversource Connecticut spokesperson.