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Stoughton Police Cruiser Hit, Sending Officer to Hospital; Downed High Voltage Wire Knocks Out Power

A high voltage wire came down across Parkview Ave. in Stoughton Monday evening, causing a small amount of power outages. An hour later, there was a two-car crash a half-mile away on Park St. involving a Stoughton Police cruiser on traffic detail.

A high voltage transmission line (13,800 volts) came down across Parkview Ave. in Stoughton, a side street off Park St. near the Brockton line, shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, causing a small amount of power outages in the area, according to Captain Don Jasmin of the Stoughton Fire Department.

As crews from the Stoughton Fire Department were returning from the Parkview Ave. incident, they received a call at 6:13 p.m. for a motor vehicle accident at 1002 Park St. (about a half-mile away) involving a Stoughton Police cruiser and a pickup truck, Jasmin said.

The driver from both vehicles were each transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. There were no other occupants.

A Stoughton Police cruiser, directing traffic near the Parkview Ave. incident, was hit by the truck, causing damage to the cruiser, and causing Officer John "Jay" Owens to "sustain minor injuries," according to SPD Executive Officer Robert Devine.

The operator of the truck was not seriously injured, according to Devine.

The police were there to direct traffic and to protect the public from a live wire that had reached the streets. Several crews from the utility companies were also on the scene.  

The Stoughton Fire Department received a call at 5:18 p.m. reporting wires down and a fire in the front yard of 19 Parkview Ave., Jasmin said.

The fire on the lawn was due to the high voltage transmission line coming down. The wire was blocking vehicle access to the street, so responders from the SFD had to walk in, Jasmin said. The fire knocked itself down thanks to the wet conditions, although the line was still active.

While some of the residents had already self-evacuated their homes, there was no damage to the homes on the street and there were no injuries, Jasmin said.

Power was knocked out in the Stoughton/Avon/Brockton area, however. According to the National Grid outage website, 156 customers lost power in that section of Stoughton, while 560 lost power in Avon, with another 726 customers losing power in Brockton.

Two Stoughton engines, a Stoughton ladder truck, a Stoughton ambulance and an Avon engine responded. National Grid was also on scene.

Jasmin said there is no known cause for why the transmission line came down. He said it was a major transmission line from a National Grid station located at the end of Parkview Ave.

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