A one-car crash on Route 422 east shortly after midnight on Jan. 20 left the roadway closed through the morning rush hour, and cut power, cable and phone service to a few hand fulls of people, according to officials.Rajkumar Radhakrishnan, 29, of the 8400 block of Limekiln Pike, Wyncote, was wearing his seatbelt when he lost control of his vehicle in the 900 block of Route 422 (Ben Franklin Highway) and struck a utility pole, according to Amity Township Police.
Police said it did not appear that road conditions were a factor in the crash. According to police Radhakrishnan was not injured despite his vehicle completely sheering the utility pole. Route 422 East in the area of the crash where the pole had been sheered off was closed until 9:50 a.m. on Jan. 20.
Traffic had to be detoured through the morning rush hour, which meant even large trucks were detoured through neighborhood streets, police said.
Whether Radhakrishnan would be cited or charged for the incident was not known on Jan. 20.
Karen Baxter, spokeswoman for Met-Ed, said a total of eight customers lost power on Jan. 20 as a result of the down utility pole.
Met-Ed reminded all members of the public to treat any downed wire as a "live" wire and to stay away from all downed lines.
To ensure safety, people are cautioned to never touch downed lines and should contact their electric company (1-888-544-4877), or their local police or fire department, to report downed power lines.
The company also advised that the public never pull tree branches off power lines as they could get electrocuted in the process.