WESTERLY — Two people were injured Tuesday morning when their car crashed head-on into a utility pole, causing electrical outages in the neighborhood.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the driver, Oakley Therrien, 24, of Westerly, and a front seat passenger, a woman, were taken to nearby Westerly Hospital for treatment. The injuries were not life threatening, the police said, and both were treated and released.
Westerly firefighters and personnel with the Westerly Ashaway ambulance services responded to the crash. The police closed Wells Street for several hours.
Lacey said an investigation determined that Therrien was driving a 2004 Nissan Altima west on Wells Street near the intersection with Champion Street around 7:10 a.m. when a witness said his car drifted across the center line. The witness told police that the car then swerved suddenly to the right and spun out before hitting the pole.
"The driver told officers that he had fallen asleep and woke up just before the crash. The passenger told the police she was sleeping and didn't know what was happening until after they had already crashed," Lacey said.
Speed was also determined to be a factor in the crash, the police said.
Lacey said the utility pole snapped at the base and at the top, and the car was considered a total loss. The crash also caused an electrical outage that lasted several hours until National Grid restored power, the police said.