HOLLIDAYSBURG - A woman was hospitalized after crashing her vehicle into a utility pole Friday afternoon on Route 36.
Police did not release the name of the woman but said she was the only occupant of the red Buick involved in the single-vehicle crash.
The vehicle slammed into a utility pole while traveling south near the 9600 block of Charger Highway about 1 p.m., Blair Township Police Chief Roger White said at the scene.
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Freedom Township and Phoenix fire departments clean up the scene of a crash where one woman was injured on Friday.
The woman was transported to Altoona Regional, but officials could not comment on the extent of her injuries, White said.
Police said the vehicle left the roadway and hit the utility pole, then spun in the opposite direction and rolled over. The vehicle came to a rest on its side after crashing onto a ride-on lawn mower for sale along the side of the road.
The vehicle was propped up by the crushed ride-on mower when emergency crews arrived on the scene, Freedom Township Fire Chief Steve Bowser said.
Crews from Freedom Township and Phoenix fire departments extricated the woman from the vehicle, Bowser said. A small fire and smoke coming from the vehicle was extinguished by emergency crews, he said.
Downed utility wires, glass and debris littered the roadway and neighboring properties near the scene. The shattered utility pole fell on the grass in front of a private residence just off the roadway.
Penelec crews shut off power at the scene as they worked to repair a damaged secondary and blown fuse on a nearby breaker. About four to five residences were left without power as emergency crews worked to clear the downed wires and debris at the scene, Bowser said.
Police did not say if speed was a factor in the crash, and the investigation is ongoing, White said.
Mirror Staff Writer Zach Geiger is at 946-7535.