Painesville: State trooper hits downed power pole

4:51 AM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A state trooper's cruiser was disabled when it hit a highway light pole that fell in the roadway on State Route 2 in Painesville overnight.

The accident was reported before 3 a.m. near the Richmond Street exit in the eastbound lanes of the highway.

A trooper was headed east on S.R. 2 in high winds and sleet when he saw a disabled car on the right side of the road.

As he moved over to check on the vehicle and any possible occupants, he struck the downed pole, deflating three tires on his cruiser.

The trooper blocked the right lane.

The first car also sustained damage from the downed pole.

Other traffic ran over the pole in the meantime, but drove over a more flat portion in the left lane and their cars were unharmed.

S.R. 2 east was closed from the Richmond Street exit to the on-ramp for a few hours overnight and reopened close to 4:30 a.m.

Painesville Police are investigating the first car's accident.

The trooper's cruiser was towed back to the post.

Nobody was injured, according to highway patrol.


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