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Weymouth woman seriously injured in Hingham crash

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 15, 2013 11:59 AM

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Photo courtesy of Hingham Police

A woman was seriously injured after striking a telephone poll, snapping it in half, with her car.


A woman was seriously injured in a single-car crash in Hingham on Friday, the cause of which is still under investigation.

According to Hingham police, it was raining when the woman's 2004 Lexus RX330 hit a large rock as it was traveling west on Sharp Street toward Weymouth. The car then hit a business sign and hit a utility pole, breaking the pole in half.

The SUV came to rest on the driver’s side against the broken utility pole. Police said the front air bags were deployed and the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Witnesses called 911 at 8:04 p.m. to report the crash. When officers arrived, they found the victim unconscious inside the car and seriously injured. She was the only person in the car, police said.

Michelle F. Butler, 52, of Weymouth was transported by Hingham Fire Department paramedics to South Shore Hospital.

On Monday, Butler was in fair condition, on a scale of good, fair, and poor, a South Shore Hospital official said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. National Grid crews remained on scene until 2:45 a.m. and were able to secure surrounding utility poles to safely allow the vehicle to be towed away.

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