Car destroyed after driver hits utility pole, bringing down transformer and wires, which burst into flames

Flaming car at New England and Southern avenues

Photo by Boston Fire Department.

The Boston Fire Department reports a driver managed to escape without injury after he drove into a utility pole at New England and Southern avenues, bringing down a transformer and electric wires onto his car and a nearby fence, all of which then burst into flames around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters had to watch the burning carnage from a safe distance until an Eversource crew responded about 35 minutes later to turn off the current to the pole.