Lakewood, NJ – Over 300 JCP&L customers spent part of Thursday afternoon in the heat, without power, after a driver reaching for a fallen object crashed his vehicle into a utility pole, police said.
The reach also led William Barbosa to jail, as the 46-year-old Elizabeth resident was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Union County, Sgt. Robert Humeny said.
Traffic backed up in both directions along Ocean Avenue, as authorities shut it down between Pearl and Clover streets so crews could work on the fallen pole and on restoring power, Humeny said.
The accident, reported to police at 3:51 p.m., knocked out power for 321 JCP&L customers, spokesman Gerry Ricciardi said. Ricciardi said power was restored at 5:35 p.m. As of 8 p.m., Humeny said that while JCP@L had completed its work, the street remains closed as Verizon is still working.
Humeny did not know whether Barbosa, who was uninjured, was cited for the accident.