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Driver knocks out power for some in Bethany and Stafford

A 70-year-old man from Gates was involved in a single-car accident Monday night that caused 231 National Grid customers to lose power for about four hours.

Morley J. Pray, of Ashton Drive, Gates, was driving southbound on Clipnock Road at 7:13 p.m. when his vehicle went off the west shoulder of the road for an unknown reason.

Pray was reportedly unable to get the 2004 Chevy pickup back on the road before striking a petroleum pipeline cap and then a National Grid utility pole in the area of 9455 Clipnock Road.

No citations were issued.

Pray suffered minor injuries, but did not require transport to a hospital.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

Bob Price
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I was sitting in my living room when I noticed all the power lines bouncing up and down after the power flickered- the guy took out a mailbox,continued off the side of road for about 400' knocking the gas line markers over,breaking 1 of 2 metal sign legs,then snapped the pole in 1/2....he's lucky he didn't flip the truck or go into the creek.

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