Car strikes pole in city, cutting power to 500
Police say the driver, a 74-year-old man, suffered a medical incident that led to the crash.
About 500 Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. in Kingston customers lost power for about an hour midday Thursday after a vehicle struck a utility pole on Hurley Avenue near Coffey Place.
The crash happened about 11:45 a.m. and caused the pole to break. All power in the area was back on about 12:45 p.m., according to Central Hudson.
Photos from the scene showed emergency responders tending to a patient near the vehicle, city police said. Police said the driver, identified only as a 74-year-old man, was heading toward Hurley when suffered from a medical condition that caused the accident.
The driver suffered injuries that were not life threatening and was taken to a hospital, police said.
J. Watson Bailey Middle School and Harry L. Edson Elementary School, both on nearby Merilina Avenue, were partly affected by the outage but did not send student homes, according to the Kingston school district.
The Daily Freeman building on Hurley Avenue lost some of its power, but full power was restored to the building about 12:35 p.m.
The scene of Thursday’s accident