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Driver cited after striking utility pole in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The driver of a box truck that struck a utility pole Friday morning in Hackettstown was cited for careless driving, according to police.

The crash happened at around 10:40 a.m. at the intersection of Route 46 and Valentine Street, police said.

The crash caused the utility pole to fall across Route 46 forcing the closure of the roadway, police said.

Through an investigation it was determined that Fabian R. Mendez-Vicente, 51, of Newark, DE was traveling in a 2016 Isuzu box truck when he didn’t realize how close he was to the utility pole causing him to strike the pole, police said.

No injuries were reported and Mendez-Vicente was issued a summons for careless driving, police said.

Route 46 was reopened at around 4:00 p.m. and Valentine St was reopened at around 5:30 p.m., police said.

Assisting at the scene was the Hackettstown Department of Public Works, Jersey Central Power and Light, Verizon and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

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