Tractor-trailer crash knocks out power in Williamsburg, Hilltowns 

  • A tractor-trailer crashed on Route 9 in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 19, 2019. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • A tractor-trailer crashed on Route 9 in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 19, 2019. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • A tractor-trailer crashed on Route 9 in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 19, 2019. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • A tractor-trailer crashed on Route 9 in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 19, 2019. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/20/2019 4:19:51 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — A tractor-trailer crash on Route 9 in the Haydenville section of town near the Williamsburg Snack Bar left almost the entire town without power until early Monday.

In addition, sections of Goshen and other surrounding towns experienced power outages. 

Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland identified the truck’s driver as a 40-year-old man from Minnesota. She said he went off the road, overcorrected and crashed into a utility pole, flipping the truck on its side. Traffic was shut down “until the wee hours of the morning,” Wickland said, and power was out until as late as 2:30 a.m.

“It does appear that speed was a factor in this crash,” Wickland said. The driver was cited for speeding and a marked lane violation.

There were no injuries related to the crash.

The small size of the Williamsburg Police Department made responding to the crash more difficult, according to Wickland.

“As with many other small towns, at the time the call came in there was only one officer on duty,” Wickland said. Others police and volunteer firefighters came to the scene from home.

Wickland said she wanted to thank the public for their patience, particularly regarding the detours police had to set up. She said there were some complaints from residents of side streets about the increased traffic. 

“We’re very fortunate that nobody involved was hurt,” she said.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.


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