Truck hits telephone pole on Swifts Beach Road

Feb 27, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray Wareham Fire and EMS attending to a truck vs. telephone pole crash on Swift's Beach Road

The jaws of life were needed when a truck hit a telephone guide pole Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 1 p.m., on Swifts Beach Road, just past Lynne Road. According to police broadcasts, the operator of the Ford F-150 struck the guide pole in such a way that the pole was lying across the car.

Jaws of life were needed to extricate the driver, who was then evaluated by Wareham EMS.

The driver was transported via ambulance to Tobey Hospital.

Eversource was notified of the accident and arrived to repair the pole. The accident scene was clear by 3:30 p.m., with Eversource finishing clearing the damaged pole.

Comments (14)
Posted by: bob | Feb 27, 2017 17:18

Just happen drive pass accident scene ,and the hit pole is lying on the sidewalk between two safety cones,I bet that pole will  be there until Wareham gets out of its financial problems.......Watch where you walk...

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 27, 2017 17:40

The past few months have had several single vehicle accidents that have occurred in the daytime in fair weather.  It has to be distracted driving! Cellphone usage... Texting...emailing...facebook...twitter...instagram.  Police should be questioning and checking phones immediately on the scene.  It's pretty easy to check phone usage at time of accident.  Harsh penalties need to be applied.  Insurance companies need to impose surcharges.  Luckily the truck just hit a pole.  What if it was one of us or one of our children?

Posted by: birdwatcher | Feb 27, 2017 20:04

I totally agree about distracted driving and harsh penalties!.  Cellphone usage (especially texting) causes a lot of accidents, I'm sure..  Laws need to be enforced or what good are they? 

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 27, 2017 21:50

Yep Birdwatcher,

Cellphone should be confiscated  by police after an accident as evidence whenever it is suspected that distracted driving is to blame. Records in the phone can show exactly what happened.

Posted by: bob | Feb 28, 2017 07:21

Yes Birdwatcher you are right,but it should be that NO ONE should be using a handheld device(including police ),or using computers..

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 28, 2017 09:28

I witnessed this accident. Sad part is he never hit the brakes. Definitely distracted driving. He was injured pretty badly, just hope he's ok. Hard lesson to learn.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 28, 2017 09:54

It is sad and I hope he is OK.  My kids ride their bikes on that road.  I used to push them in the stroller on that road.  Imagine how much worse this could have been!  Not to whip a horse here, but the cops should have his cellphone in possession right now.  If any form of transmitting was going on at the time of accident he should be penalized to the max!  Take his licence away, major fines, jail...Make it like a drunk driving  accident.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 28, 2017 10:22

I agree, it's actually worse that drunk driving! My daughter walks right by there to the bus every day. I was out at my mailbox not 5 minutes before it happened. I shudder to think what could have happened. Scary!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 28, 2017 12:20

Amazing how dangerous it is to simply be alongside a road.  A couple years ago a kid delivering pizza for Minerva's veered to the right heading down Swifts Beach road where the six 40B houses are at.  He mowed down a few mailboxes and then overcorrected across the road and into the trees just before the Woods of Wareham.  I was driving behind him.  I stopped and ran to him.  Car was all banged up and he smashed his face so was all bloodied up.  He had his phone in hand!  Imagine what he could have done!  That is a very heavily traveled road and sidewalk.  Eventually the luck is going to run out and some innocent person is going to get hit.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 28, 2017 12:27

Not to mention the speeds they travel at. It's posted at 35 MPH. Police could make a fortune!

Posted by: Davidsgirl | Feb 28, 2017 13:10

Exactly right Peaches, speed speed speed. Posted limit at that spot is 35 yet every day of the week at all times of the day and night vehicles are exceeding the speed limit there by at least 15-20 mph. Zero traffic enforcement on SBR = many people speeding. It is actually amazing that a pedestrian has not been killed yet.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Feb 28, 2017 21:13

Peaches glad you weren't hurt... We know that SBR is a raceway along with Shore ave. David's girl you are  incorrect sure there is enforcement they come down and break my kids chops when he's riding his mini bike .lol Swifts is the ugly redheaded step child of Wareham ...

Posted by: WWareham resident | Mar 01, 2017 09:15

I believe I said this before but I am on the road often and my phone goes away when I am in my truck but I have blue tooth so if I get a call it's a quick answer and off the phone but never look at e-mail or texts but I see these people every day and it scares the hell out of me. I wonder when is it going to be my time to get rear ended or Tboned by someone distracted driving?


I live off of Papermill Rd and with the bridge out and detour in place I still see many cars, locals included, who fly down that 30 mph road and 2 min later I see them coming back because they did not see the HUGE ORANGE signs that says "BRIDGE/ROAD CLOSED". It is dangerous to walk my dog down Papermill but I am not going to stop doing that I am just more aware. One time I yelled to someone "SLOW DOWN" and when he got to the bridge and had to turn around he pulled next to me and apologized and told me "you know, I was going a little fast, I am sorry" it was an older gentleman but one of the women who live on Donna Rd was doing at least 50 when I waved my arms and told her to slow down, she laughed, really, she laughed. It's ridiculous.

@Bob, a telephone pole is not town responsibility it is Eversource or whatever utility is in that area so it will be fixed.

Posted by: bob | Mar 01, 2017 20:10

WWR,No disrespect but the pole is lying on the town own sidewalk..not to easy for someone with a baby carriage..

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