December 20, 2014

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UPDATED: Vehicle crashes into utility pole on Route 301

A 16-year-old driver crashed into a telephone pole on state Route 301 on Wednesday evening. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM MARTIN

A 16-year-old driver crashed into a telephone pole on state Route 301 on Wednesday evening. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM MARTIN

LAGRANGE — Residents were without power for several hours Wednesday evening after a vehicle intentionally drove off the road and hit a utility pole, said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Lister.

About 5 p.m., a 16-year-old LaGrange boy was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer southbound near 13660 state Route 301 when he intentionally drove off the right side of the road, Lister said. The vehicle struck a utility pole and a well cover, pushing the well cover about 20 feet.

The teen, who did not suffer serious injuries, was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and later to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for evaluation, Lister said. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Crews had to turn off the power in the surrounding area for about five hours to repair the utility pole.

The patrol is investigating the crash.