NORTH ATTLEBORO (AP) - State police have said a utility pole with structural issues caused a massive traffic backup on Interstate 95 in North Attleboro on Thursday.
Police said the problems with the pole caused the wires to sag and a tractor-trailer got caught on them. The truck pulled the wires causing the pole to snap, downing the wires on both sides of the highway.
The driver of the truck, identified as 45-year-old Joseph Irorere, of Brockton, suffered a shock when the wires fell on his truck's cab. He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital for treatment.
An oil tanker on the southbound side of the highway also got tangled in the wires. The driver of that truck was not injured. Police said at least four cars were damaged in the accident.
Traffic was stopped for nearly two hours on both sides of the highway during rush hour as crews worked to clean the wires up.
Police said they are still investigating.