WILKES-BARRE — Traffic around one of the city’s busiest intersections was disrupted for hours Thursday after a car slammed into a utility pole, sending one man to the hospital and putting signals out of commission.
A silver Buick Regal came to a stop with its front end impaled on a pole at the southwest corner of Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and East Market Street at about 1 p.m., damaging a traffic signal control box.
The name and condition of a man taken away in an ambulance was not available later Thursday, as city police and firefighters said they had no further updates.
Southbound traffic on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard briefly came to a standstill and cars were backed up for at least a block on East Market Street as emergency crews tended to the injured man and cleared the wreckage.
Traffic continued to move at a stop-and-go pace throughout the day, as the signals remained dark and city crews set out temporary stop signs to restore order.
Officials later issued a travel advisory, cautioning drivers to “avoid this intersection if at all possible, or use extreme caution when proceeding through the intersection this evening,” according to an email from city spokeswoman Liza Prokop.
The stop signs were still up Thursday evening, with two police officers stationed at the intersection to monitor traffic flow.
Workmen at the scene said they were trying to repair the traffic lights as quickly as possible, hoping to get the signals working on flash mode.
Part of the delay stemmed from the need to obtain parts from Philadelphia, workers said.