Vehicle Collides With Utility Pole In Manchester

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MANCHESTER – Police continue to probe a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Ridgeway Road, causing one vehicle to collide with a utility pole.

On Jan. 29, police responded to the scene of the accident. A 17-year old female driver from Manchester in a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was traveling eastbound on Ridgeway Road when 33-year-old Hassnaa Badra, also of Manchester, in 2003 Toyota Corolla entered into the roadway from a residential driveway. The female swerved to avoid hitting Badra, but ended up veering over the double yellow line, colliding with the Toyota in the westbound lane. The impact of the crash then sent the Chrysler onto the westbound berm and into a nearby utility pole.

Both vehicles sustained significant front end damage. The utility pole was also damaged in the crash.

The 17-year old female complained of head and back pain but refused treatment at the scene and was later transported to a local hospital by a family member. Badra was driving with her two children, ages 4 and 5. Neither Badra nor her children were injured in the accident and she refused medical treatment on the scene as well.

The roadway was closed for several hours following the accident. A detour was set up for traffic while JCP&L crews tended to the damaged utility pole.

Assisting in this incident were members of the Manchester and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Companies as well as EMTs from Quality Medical Transport. This crash is being investigated by Corporal Douglas Higgins of the department’s Patrol Bureau and Patrolman Ian Bole of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.