Trapped

After the truck he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Eaton Road in Swanzey Thursday morning, a town resident had to wait until power could be turned off before exiting the vehicle, according to police.

SWANZEY — A Swanzey man was trapped under live wires in a pickup truck Thursday morning after crashing into a utility pole that snapped in half and fell on his vehicle, police said.

Alec R. Lepisto, 18, told police he was distracted by a turkey and drove off Eaton Road just south of Greenleaf Road, Swanzey police said in a news release. Lepisto was uninjured, but was trapped in the 2004 Ford pickup truck by live power lines, the release said. Police and fire personnel were called to the scene at around 9:15 a.m. Swanzey police Lt. Joseph DiRusso said Lepisto was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Lepisto had to stay in the vehicle until the power could be turned off, according to the release, and police closed the section of the road for about half an hour while they waited for an Eversource crew to arrive. The truck, DiRusso said, sustained significant front end damage and was towed away from the scene.

Eversource spokeswoman Kaitlyn Woods said in an email Thursday evening that crews from the public utility company shut off power to 22 customers for repairs and to ensure the safety of the area. Most customers had their power restored by noon, she said.

Consolidated Communications replaced the broken pole, she added, and Eversource restored power to the remaining two customers by 1 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation, police said in the release, and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Officer Joseph Szuch at 352-2869.

Liora Engel-Smith can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or lsmith@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LEngelSmithKS.