Village Wood Chipper Cuts Up Telephone Pole in Freak Accident

Chipper affixed to village truck dislodges and splits a telephone pole, fulfills purpose in life.

A chipper attached to a Village of Ridgewood truck felled a N. Maple Avenue telephone Monday afternoon in a bizarre accident, Ridgewood police said.

According to Ridgewood Police Sgt. Glenn Ender, the village worker was traveling northbound when the chipper's hydraulic boom loosened, unhinged from the vehicle and struck two telephone poles on the east side of the street.

One of the two poles was split in the 3:30 p.m. collision.

N. Maple Avenue was closed off between Mastin Place and Linwood Avenue for nearly 12 hours. PSE&G is expected to have completed replacing the pole by 2 a.m. Tuesday, Ender said. 

The chipper sustained minor damage. There were no injuries reported and the driver is not facing traffic charges.

JAFO February 26, 2013 at 01:12 PM
In my mind, this is exactly what Patch was created for (town news without all the mud slinging comments). I was at the library last evening and was wondering what all the flashing lights were by the Stable. I doubt this information would be available anywhere else.
thetentman February 26, 2013 at 03:38 PM
I too love the Headline. Nice work James.
rexa February 26, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Best Head/By/Tagline I've read in a long, long time. Truly LOL'ed at this.
RdgwdGRock February 26, 2013 at 08:28 PM
an alternate headline (with a sports theme) coulda been "wood Chipper has the Jones for telephone pole"
James Kleimann February 27, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Would work well in Atlanta Patch, for sure.


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