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Traffic was snarled along Waterbury Road this morning following a single-car accident that sent the driver to the hospital.
At around 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, 21-year-old Hillary Logan, of Meriden, allegedly fell asleep at the wheel of her four-door sedan. The vehicle was heading eastbound into Cheshire and veered off the road. According to police, the car was slammed between a telephone pole and its support wires, grazing against the pole and ripping off the car's fender. The vehicle was then turned sideways after the impact, with the hood facing Waterbury Road, and struck, and subsequently removed, a manhole cover. The car finally came to a stop after it's passenger side doors smashed into a tree.
When police arrived, Logan was conscious and alert. The airbags had been deployed in the car and Logan had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Cheshire Fire Department. She was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for her injuries. Power was also knocked out for some residencies in the area.
Emergency personnel worked quickly to clear the scene and, shortly after 10 a.m., traffic returned to normal along Waterbury Road.
Emergency responders at the scene noted that Logan was fortunate that she did not hit the telephone pole head on, as her injuries likely would have been much more severe.
It's unknown if police will file any charges against Logan.