Tractor trailer takes down pole on Lexington Ave; traffic blocked off

Police said a tractor trailer hit an SUV, then hit a pole. Someone in the SUV had to be rescued, and had non-life threatening injuries. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Traffic is at a stop on Rochester's northwest side after a crash Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Colfax Street.

Police said an SUV turned from Lexington Avenue onto Colfax Street, and went directly into the path of a tractor trailer. Both the SUV and tractor trailer hit a utility pole.

Rochester firefighters say power lines fell on top of the tractor trailer, trapping the driver of that vehicle. Diesel fuel was also leaking into the street.

A firefighter applied suppression to the diesel fumes so crews could rescue an individual from the SUV. Crews then had to apply foam suppression to the diesel in the street and the tractor trailer so RG&E could cut power to the downed lines. After the power was cut, crews were able to rescue the tractor trailer driver.

Both individuals were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

At least 400 customers had power knocked out because of the crash, according to an RG&E spokesperson. Power will be restored in a few hours.

Lexington Avenue is closed from Rt. 390 to Polaris Street. Firefighters would not say when it will be reopened.

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.