A pickup truck driver who stopped to assist another driver who had crashed into a utility pole on Great Hill Road on Wednesday, January 5, saw the truck destroyed by fire when the main power line from the damaged pole dropped onto it.
Sandwich firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash at 3:38 PM on Great Hill Road in East Sandwich. Upon arrival, firefighters found that a vehicle had crashed into a utility pole and that a Good Samaritan had stopped and was assisting that driver. Moments later, the primary power line fell from the damaged pole onto the Samaritan’s pickup truck, causing it to catch fire and then sparking a four-inch natural gas line to catch fire.
Firefighters worked with National Grid and Eversource to shut off power to the area and spray water on the gas leak to keep the area cool and extinguish the surrounding brush that was burning. The fire burned for approximately three hours, according to fire officials, until National Grid was able to shut off gas to the area.
The driver and the Good Samaritan were not injured. During the incident, natural gas and power were cut off to approximately 100 homes in the area of Great Hill Road, Lakefield Farms and Popple Bottom Road.
The Comcast fiber-optic internet service was also damaged, affecting close to 1,500 customers farther down Great Hill and Chase roads, fire officials said.