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Area woman cited after driving car into pole

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Apr 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

A Galion woman who drove her car into an electric pole ended up shutting down Main Street and the CSX Railroad for hours Saturday.

Shelby Wireman, 20, was cited for failure to control, according to New London Police.

She was traveling north on Energy Place in a 2013 Ford Focus, next to the Firelands Electric building. She inadvertently continued moving forward until coming to rest when colliding with the electric pole on the north side of West Main Street, said Police Chief Mike Marko.

Wireman told investigating officers that she was adjusting the heat controls inside the vehicle when the accident occurred, Marko said.

"It really could have been much worse if the car would've hit a train or something," Marko said.

Firelands Electric responded to the scene where the live wires from the broken pole dangled while Wireman was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for evaluation.

Meanwhile, police were forced to close down the road way and notify CSX officials, who also shut down the tracks due to the "danger of live wire falling on passing trains," according to New London Police records.

The railroad officials weren't happy about having to shut down the rail traffic, Marko said. He added they could end up charging Wireman's insurance company for any late freight fees or other expenses incurred from the shut down. Seven trains were pushed off schedule due to the delay, Marko said.

The electric company could also charge Wireman for the pole and the man-power to repair it, the chief said.

Wireman was released with non-life threatening injuries within less than two hours, Marko said. She stopped by the police department later to retrieve her driver's license, he said.

The roadway was closed until about 1:30 p.m. and the railroad tracks opened about a half hour earlier, according to Officer Kris Pinkerton.

A week before, Wireman was charged by Greenwich Police for speeding, according to Norwalk Municipal Court records. She was reportedly traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written by Heather Chapin-Fowler. Accompanying photos were taken by Marvin McCallister, of Clark Bros. Garage.

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