AN elderly driver who crashed into a power pole remained trapped in his vehicle for almost an hour in searing temperatures as emergency services faced a highly hazardous accident scene on the outskirts of Coronet Bay yesterday (Monday).
San Remo Police Sergeant Bruce Kent said investigations were underway to determine what caused the man, aged in his 70s, to veer off of Agar Road and into the pole just before 1pm.
Whilst emergency services were quick to the scene, not much action could be taken due to live wires lying perilously across the road.
Sgt Kent said there were also fears the tension of some of the stretched power lines attached to the fallen pole could have resulted in a line snapping and ricocheting across the scene at any moment.
The victim remained in the driver’s seat of the Holden ute for close to an hour before SP Ausnet technicians confirmed it was safe for paramedics to assist.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson confirmed the man, believed to be a Grantville resident, suffered chest injuries and was transported to Dandenong Hospital in an unknown condition.
Sgt Kent told The Sentinel-Times that the injuries appeared minor.
The accident caused a blackout throughout surrounding towns for most of the afternoon and evening, while the road remained closed to traffic for over six hours.