According to a release from the Barrington Fire Department, the SUV was heading east on Maple when the driver lost control and struck the pole and hydrant. Officials believe the driver may have experienced a “medical episode” prior to the accident.
The snapped pole strained wires along Maple Avenue and the hydrant flooded a portion of the road near the intersection with Barrington Avenue. Rescue personnel rushed the driver to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A firefighter secured the scene until National Grid could install a new pole and wires, stated the release. Officials alerted the Bristol County Water Authority to the damaged fire hydrant.
“While a tow truck operator was attempting to place tow hooks under the SUV, a section of the road collapsed under the vehicle due to a sink hole cause by the water main break,” stated the release. The tow truck operator lost his footing and nearly fell into the sink hole.