Car Accident at Quinnipiac Cuts Electricity, Cancels Classes

Classes will resume at 2 p.m., this afternoon's Farmer's Market will continue until 1 p.m. and tonight's Charles Gibson lecture is still on.


Electricity was restored on the Mount Carmel Campus at Quinnipiac University at 9:20 a.m. following this morning’s motor vehicle accident on New Road.

Classes were cancelled this morning and will resume on the Mount Carmel Campus at 2 p.m. today. Classes on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus were not affected by the accident.

According to Hamden Police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith at about 6:30 a.m. a 56 year-old Woodbury resident was traveling northbound on New Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole.

It appeared that the driver suffered a medical condition, lost consciousness and struck the pole, which snapped, Smith said. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Due to the damage sustained by the utility pole, power was affected in the area of New Road and Mount Carmel Avenue, including Quinnipiac University, Smith said. Traffic is closed between Mount Carmel and New Road and the New Road entrance to Quinnipiac University.

Traffic is expected to be re-routed for the next several hours, he said.

Officer David Falcigno of the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division is conducting the investigation.

New Road from its intersection with Mount Carmel Avenue to the New Road entrance to campus will remain closed while crews from United Illuminating and the Southern Connecticut Gas Co. work to replace a telephone pole and gas line that were damaged in the accident.

Motorists can still enter the Mount Carmel Campus using New Road by traveling north from Ives Street.

Shuttle service has continued uninterrupted throughout the morning. The Dining Hall on the Mount Carmel Campus also remains open.

The free community lecture, featuring former “ABC World News” anchor Charles Gibson, will continue as planned at 7 p.m. at Burt Kahn Court. Also, the Farmers Market is taking place on the Mount Carmel Campus until 1 p.m. today.


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