Two-Vehicle Accident Snaps Utility Pole in Ship Bottom

Sep 26, 2018
Photo by: Jay Mann

A two-vehicle accident was the cause of a snapped utility pole near the intersection of Central Avenue and Ninth Street Sunday afternoon in Ship Bottom, prompting a response from Atlantic City Electric crews that worked into the night to replace the pole.

Borough police said the accident occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. Sept. 23 when a 2018 Subaru Legacy, driven by Timothy Tam Ta of Oklahoma City, ran a red light while traveling south on Central Avenue. His vehicle rammed a 2016 GMC pickup truck driven by Michael Troy, 61, of Manahawkin, according to police. Troy’s vehicle slid off the roadway and struck the utility pole.

The Beach Haven First Aid Squad transported both men to Southern Ocean Medical Center for minor injuries, law enforcement officials reported.

Working in the rain, the Atlantic City Electric crews de-energized a section of the pole and re-routed electricity to an alternate line in what is known as a hot repair, according to Frank Tedesco, public information officer for the company. There was no loss of power for customers, he said.

Ship Bottom Patrolman Christopher Biester is the investigating officer. He was assisted by Sgt. Ed Williams and Officer Sean Franks. In addition to Beach Haven First Aid, the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. and the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. also responded to the accident. —G.G.S.

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