Upper Portion of Route 179 Was Closed All Night Following Accident

Driver found after allegedly leaving scene of crash.

Update 9:17 a.m. Monday 

Work continues on the upper portion of Route 179 but the road is passable, police said. CL&P is repairing a pole knocked out in a Sunday evening one-car accident. 

Update 4:20 a.m. Monday 

Route 179, from Case Street to the town line, remains closed Monday morning while Connecticut Light and Power works to replace a utility pole knocked down in a one-car crash Sunday evening. 

Police said it will likely be closed until early afternoon and said officers remain on scene to direct traffic. 

No further information was immediately released on the driver who walked away from the scene but, according to police reports, was later found at a Case Street home. A state police canine assisted in the search. 

Hundreds of Canton customers lost power after the accident but through facebook many reported it was back on fairly quickly. There were no estimated Canton outages early this morning, according to CL&P's web site. 

Update 9:30 p.m. 

According to police reports, a Canton ambulance is responding to a Case Street home to evaluate a person that may have been the driver involved in the earlier one-car vehicle crash on Route 179. 

Update 9 p.m.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, police said Route 179 near Case Street would be closed indefinitely while crews worked on a downed pole in the road, caused by a one-car accident. Officials, meanwhile, were still looking for the driver of the vehicle. 

After the accident, which occurred around 7 p.m., emergency officials searched for the driver, who had gotten out of the car. The search was being aided by a state police dog, who arrive on scene with his handler at approximately 8 p.m. Shortly before 9 p.m., officials were still looking for the driver. 

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department are using lights to illuminate the area while police and firefighters work at the scene. 

Fire police were blocking off the closed portions of the road and rerouting traffic. 

Earlier story 

Emergency officials are in the scene of a one-car accident, described as a partial or full rollover, on Route 179 near Case St. 

Portions of the road are closed and police are searching for the driver who got out of the car, according to police radio reports.

Residents are reporting power outages in the area.

Shortly after 7 p.m., CL&P reported 647 customers or 13 percent of its 4,951 customers in town without power.



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