Accident KOs power, roads in Greenfield

  • Greenfield police officer Jonathan Quigley gives directions to Bill Christiansen, who was trying to navigate closed roads to get to New England Forest Products on Friday morning. STAFF PHOTO BY TONY MARQUIS

  • The main intersection in Greenfield was closed Friday morning after a vehicle struck a utility pole and took out three others late Thursday night. STAFF PHOTO BY TONY MARQUIS

Friday, October 20, 2017 10:24AM

An accident knocked out power in Greenfield and closed downtown roads Friday morning.

Four utility poles came down after a vehicle struck one pole on Sawmill Road across from the Greenfield Meeting House on Thursday around 10:50 p.m., according to Greenfield Police officer Jonathan Quigley, who responded to the call. Quigley said the driver of the vehicle was not injured. Quigley would not identify the driver, but said they were “from the area.”

Power outages forced the closure of Greenfield Elementary School and the town’s main intersection.

Around 8:30 a.m. Friday, Quigley was stationed at a roadblock at the intersection of Route 136 and Route 31, giving directions to several drivers looking to go to the Crotched Mountain School and medical complex, the elementary school, Peterborough and New England Forest Products.

Catherine Shaw pulled into the town office’s gravel drive to talk to Quigley about the best place to park. Shaw, who works as an office manager for the town, comes to work on Friday to get extra work done while the offices are closed. 

The road was still closed as of 10 a.m. as crews worked to repair the power lines. 

According to Eversource’s online outage map, power was restored to every location except for 10 by 8:30 a.m.