EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 24, 2013

Camper hits pole, driver walks away

RV strikes utility pole, rolls on its side

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Police said two people avoided serious injury when the RV camper they were traveling in hit a utility pole on North Broadway and then rolled onto its side.

The driver walked away from the crash, but his passenger was trapped inside and had to be cut out of the vehicle by firefighters from Atkinson and Haverhill.

Police said the vehicle’s occupants were both transported by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Police said they have not yet determined the cause of yesterday’s crash. No one has been charged.

No details were available about why the driver walked away from the scene with the passenger still inside the camper.

The camper, which was travelling north, landed on its passenger side across from 1020 North Broadway after snapping a utility pole about four feet from the ground just before 2:30 p.m. The area is less than a mile from the Atkinson line.

The vehicle, which did not display any obvious brand name labels, appeared to be an early 1970s design and was about 26 feet long.

A National Grid worker who arrived shortly after the crash said the broken pole would have to be replaced and the power lines, which were mostly undamaged, would have to be reattached to the new pole.

After the crash, police were turning away northbound traffic on North Broadway at Mayflower Lane, a dead-end street several hundred yards south of the crash scene.

Firefighters said the camper’s passenger, who was wearing his seat belt, appeared to be conscious and alert when they freed him from the vehicle. He thanked them for their efforts, they said.

A police accident reconstruction team was on the scene taking measurements, while other officers and firefighters waited for a flatbed truck to arrive to haul the camper away.