Driver makes a wrong turn into telephone pole

Police, fire and ambulance personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Beach Road Monday night opposite Cumberland Farms and the Vineyard Haven Post Office. — Photo by Steve Myrick

A driver took a right turn into a telephone pole on Beach Road just opposite Cumberland Farms, snarling traffic about 6 pm, Monday.

Erma Malloy, 73, of Oak Bluffs and New York City, struck the side of a telephone pole that juts out slightly into the busy roadway and bears the scars of numerous side-mounted rear view mirrors. “As best we can determine, she thought she was making a right-hand turn,” Tisbury Police Sgt. Robert Fiske said.

Sergeant Fiske said that Ms. Malloy, who was driving a 1972 Mercedes sedan, was disoriented. She was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.