Driver hurt in tanker crash on Richmond-Pittsfield line

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RICHMOND — The driver of a water tanker escaped serious injury late Tuesday morning when his truck crashed into a utility pole, knocking out power to nearly 100 Eversource customers in town at the height of the outage.

 Eversource isolated the outage, dropping those affected to 12 homes before restoring electricity to all by 4 p.m., according to utility spokesman Frank Poirot.

The tractor-trailer hauling drinking water was heading north on Route 41 around 11;30 a.m.when it crashed and landed on its side just south of the Pittsfield border, according to state police. The driver, a 57-year-old male from Maine, suffered bumps and bruises and was transported to Berkshire Medical Center where his condition is unknown. His name has not been released.

The crash victim was behind the wheel of a 2016 Freightliner owned by Hartt Transportation Systems, hauling water for Poland Springs.

The crash snapped an utility pole and brought down live wires.  Eversource has a work crew at the scene to make the necessary repairs once the tanker truck is removed.  Through traffic was being rerouted around the crash scene via Dublin Road to ensure safe removal of the truck.  Troopers are still probing the cause of the crash.

Richmond Fire and EMS also responded to the scene to deal with the overturned semi and the injured driver.

Coincidentally, roughly 1,200 Eversource homes and businesses in Pittsfield  were also without power at the time of the crash. Poirot noted that the unrelated, noontime  outage in the Barker Road area  was caused by equipment failure with power restored an hour later.

This story will be updated.

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