Crash knocks out power in Unity

Special to the Journal/East Palestine Fire Department Ohio Edison customers in Unity Township were without power Sunday night after a pickup truck crashed into a utility pole on state Route 14. No injuries were reported.

EAST PALESTINE — Several Unity Township residents were without power Sunday night after a truck took out a utility pole.

Fire Chief Josh Brown said the department was called around 5:33 p.m. that a Dodge pickup had crashed into an Ohio Edison utility pole on state Route 14 in front of Venezia Auto Sales.

He said when crews arrived they found the driver already outside of the vehicle, which was struck by the fallen utility pole.

The driver, identified by Trooper Jodi Bowlen of the highway patrol as Andrew Weigle, 22, McClure Road, East Palestine, was not injured.

Bowlen said Weigle was eastbound on state Route 14 in Unity Township when he made a right turn onto Padgett Road and lost control and went off the east side into the utility pole.

She said Weigle was not under the influence of anything and that it appears the crash was caused by some loose gravel on the road.

He was cited for failure to control.

Brown said the impact of the crash sheared the utility pole and that Ohio Edison had estimated at the scene that power was lost to around 200 customers that evening.

“We had hazards with multiple power lines down, but no injuries and no fires,” Brown said.

The department responded with two fire engines, an ambulance, the chief vehicle, and 10 firefighters, while New Waterford responded with a rescue truck, an ambulance and six firefighter, he added.

The crews also requested assistance from the Columbiana County road division and Unity Township road crews with blocking off traffic at state Route 14 and Hunston Road, and Elwonger Road at Hunston Road while Ohio Edison replaced the pole.

Brown said the road remained closed through the night and was re-opened in the early morning hours.