The driver of a Dodge Caravan that crashed into a utility pole last week on Route 130, snapping the pole, cutting power to much of the town and shutting Route 130 to traffic for more than 12 hours, has been charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
The crash occurred last Wednesday, October 6, at 2:49 PM. Police said Justin Carrigan, 37, of Sandwich struck a utility pole with his mini-van, causing the pole to fall into the roadway, blocking both lanes of traffic. His vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage and a broken windshield. He was transported to Falmouth Hospital with minor injuries, and his vehicle was towed.
At the scene of the crash, Mr. Carrigan told police that he could not recall anything that had happened but the following day, he said he was reaching for his water bottle when his phone fell and when he reached for his phone, he swerved off the road and made impact with the utility pole.
The pole fell directly into the path of Edward Doherty, 21, of Boston, who was riding his Honda motorcycle. To avoid impact, police said Mr. Doherty swerved to the side, spun out on the dirt and crashed into the woods. He was uninjured.
Around the same time, Jonathan Cesero, 42, of Sagamore was driving a commercial truck along Route 130 when he drove into the tangle of wires that were both hanging low over the roadway and lying on the pavement, according to police.
Mr. Carrigan was deemed at fault for the accident and summoned to Barnstable District Court on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.
The stretch of Route 130 between Service Road and Jan Sebastian Drive was closed until 6:50 AM on October 7, and during those hours, traffic was rerouted along Service Road to Quaker Meetinghouse Road.
Traffic was backed up in the area for much of the evening, causing lengthy delays during local rush hours, taking 45 minutes to get across town.
Local businesses in the area were forced to close because of the power outage and employees were sent home.