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Car Knocks Out Utility Pole, Hits Malverne Home

A Cadillac took out a telephone pole and then veered into a home on Ocean Avenue early Monday morning.

A major car accident on Ocean Avenue in Malverne early Monday is making for a rough morning commute.

A portion of Ocean Avenue was shut down for hours, from Crossroads Farm to Church Street, due to a downed utility pole.

Just before 2 a.m. a Cadillac smashed into the telephone pole near the farm and then veered into a home across the street, according to Malverne Police, who responded to the crash along with Malverne firefighters and Ambulance Corps. members, and Nassau County cops and paramedics.

The crash damaged the basement of the home and caused a crack in one of the walls on the first floor, but none of the occupants were injured, Malverne Fire Chief Daniel Morgan told Patch.

The driver, a woman who appeared to be in her mid-30s, was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. No other injuries were reported.

The downed pole slide underneath another vehicle, a Ford Explorer, that was at the scene, Morgan said, stranding the SUV in the roadway until a tow truck arrived.

A big concern for local firefighters was the large amount of oil and fluids that had spilled onto the roadway from the vehicle involved in the accident. They spread speedi-dri across the intersection and called for Nassau County to send a sand truck to prevent a fire from breaking out.

Around 7:30 a.m. the pole was still lying across Ocean Avenue and all lanes of traffic were shut down in the section in front of Crossroads Farm, while police diverted traffic to the slow-moving Church Street and Hempstead. , Verizon workers were replacing the downed pole and police were allowing cars to pass through. The two southbound lanes remained closed but traffic cones divided the northbound lanes in half to allow cars to pass in both directions.

Stay with Patch for more updates.

Sean Patrick Brennan October 03, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I think we need some concrete block barriers on that corner like they have in the city. Accidents seem to happen there too often.
fredo October 03, 2011 at 04:50 PM
how about a little MPD patrolling? MPD spends most of its time patrolling the school zone, but the triangular intersection of Ocean and Hempstead is one of the most convoluted intersections in Nassau, and cars routinely blow thru red lights there. Maybe that's not Malverne's jurisdiction north of the Farm?
dan October 05, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Maybe turning signals are needed quite a a lot going on when cars are sharp left and right laneing for ssp while cars are exiting gas station and hempstead and ocean merge there. Too much going on. Homes at intersection are sitting ducks. I try to avoid crossroads as a malverne resident or use caution out of area people are taken by surprise.

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