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Southampton woman treated after in accident that closed road, knocked out power

Police Chief David Silvernail said that Sarah M. Ouimette, 26, of 24 Pleasant St., told police she was driving north on County Road North where it changes to Line Street, near the intersection of Pomeroy Street, when she fell asleep. Her car struck and sheared off a utility pole, which caused power lines to fall on her car, trapping her inside.

Silvernail said officers arrived on scene at 9:20 a.m. and maintained cell phone contact with Ouimette, who told them she was uninjured. They instructed her to stay in her car until workers from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. arrived to determine whether the wires were electrified. About 30 minutes later, Ouimette was able to walk away from her heavily damaged car with no visible injuries, he said.

She was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a precaution, he said. Information on her condition is not yet available.

Silvernail said no citations had been issued at that time, but the accident investigation was ongoing.

WMECO spokesman Michael Durand said the accident initially knocked out power to 1,260 homes in the Southampton and Easthampton area. Power was restored to all but 65 homes by 10:30 a.m., and was completely restored at approximately 12:45 p.m., he said.

Easthampton police and fire departments also responded to the accident because it was at first unclear on which side of the town line the accident had occurred, Silvernail said.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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