Car strikes pole in city, cut­ting power to 500

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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

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