EASTCHESTER, N.Y. A woman driving on Scarsdale Avenue in Eastchester lost control of her vehicle Wednesday afternoon, crashing her truck into a telephone pole on the wooded street, officials said.
According to Eastchester fire personnel, shortly before 2 p.m., the woman drove her grey SUV into the pole, which cracked and came crashing to the ground along with a Con Edison transformer, spreading fluid all over the road.
Eastchester Fire Captain Brian Tween was the first on scene. He said the transformer fluid was similar to oil it cannot do substantial damage to the street but can do harm to the environment.
Pretty much were trying to keep any spillage away from the soil. We dont care if its in the middle of the street, we can just get it with some absorbent, he said. Its when it gets into the soil that we have a problem.
The accident knocked out power to houses on Scarsdale Avenue, prompting residents to turn to emergency generators to escape the heat. A Con Edison official arrived after 2:30 p.m., but Tween estimated it may be several hours until a crew could arrive to clean up the damage. Initially, they placed mats on the street to absorb some of the first fluid to leak.
The driver reportedly sustained no injuries and was escorted by Eastchester EMTs for precautionary tests. Her son said his mother was supposed to be alright, as he rushed to her side. A neighbor reported hearing a loud bang, followed by a crack, though she didn't witness the accident.
Access to Scarsdale Avenue through Harney Road was closed. To detour away from the accident, residents should take Stratford Road to Brook Street.
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