Norfolk woman injured after vehicle strikes telephone pole, goes airborne for 60 feet
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 6:39 am

NORFOLK – A Norfolk woman was injured Saturday after her vehicle struck a telephone pole and went airborn for about 60 feet, according to state police.

Police said Rachel A. Stender, 26, of 38 West High St., Norfolk, was driving a 2005 Ford 500 northbound about 3 p.m. when she attempted to pass another vehicle on County Route 40 about one mile northeast of NYS Hwy. 56.

Due to weather conditions, wet pavement, and speed not reasonable for weather conditions, Stender’s vehicle went off the south bound shoulder striking a ditch, police said.

The impact caused the rear of the vehicle to go airborne and strike a telephone support cable. The car then rode up the cable and began to turn on its side when the roof of the car struck a Massena electric telephone pole causing extensive damage to the telephone pole, police said.

The car then traveled off the telephone pole and went airborne for approximately 60 feet before coming to rest in roadside brush, police said.

Stender was transported from the scene by Norfolk Rescue to Massena Memorial Hospital where she was treated for injuries and released.

Stender was ticketed for Following Too Closely, Moved from Lane Unsafely and Speed Not Reasonable For Conditions. She is to face the charges in Norfolk Town Court on Nov. 9

Police were assisted on scene by Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Massena Electric.