Crash knocks out traffic signals on Md. 140 in Westminster

Jon Kelvey
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

A single vehicle crash Friday morning knocked down a power line and disabled two traffic signals for more than two hours in Westminster.

The crash occurred sometime after 7 a.m. on westbound Md. 140 between Malcolm Drive and Gorsuch Road involving a work truck of some type that left the roadway for "unknown reasons," according to a Maryland State Police spokesman. The spokesman said the truck struck a transformer, which knocked out power to the traffic lights, and state police were joined by Westminster City police in directing traffic at the two intersections until at least mid-morning.

According to both the State Highway Administration and Baltimore Gas and Electric, however, the crash damaged a pole at the intersection of Md. 140 and Malcolm Drive, downing a power line.

"BGE received a call around 7:17 a.m. and responded for a report of downed wires as a result of a vehicle into a pole at Rt. 140 and Malcolm," BGE Communications Manager Justin Mulcahy wrote in an email. "303 customers were initially out of service and all service was restored at 10:45 a.m."

There were no injuries, according to the state police spokesman.


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