Driver Cited after Shed Hits Wires on South County Trail

The shed was destroyed, a wire snapped and traffic was backed up for a bit on May 22.

Photo: pjgarofalo via Instagram
Photo: pjgarofalo via Instagram
A 65-year-old West Greenwich man was cited for exceeding height limits and failing to properly fasten cargo after a large shed he was towing on South County Trail hit power lines, fell off the trailer and smashed to pieces all over the roadway last week.

East Greenwich Police said Milton F. Eastman, of 20 Division Road, West Greenwich, said he was transporting the shed to a friends house when he struck an overhead wire at around 12:15 p.m. on May 22.

When the shed hit the road, debris went everywhere, police said, causing traffic delays as crews were scrambled to begin cleaning up the mess.

Officers from the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Enforcement division arrived and soon determined the shed, which stood at 14 feet 10 inches, was over the legal state limit of 162 inches, of 13-and-a-half feet.

Police said Eastman turned onto South County Trail from Frenchtown Road when he realized he was going the wrong way. He then turned around and began to head north when the accident happened.

A woman identified as Eastman's wife told police that she was following behind the shed when the wire snapped, which scraped against the roof of her car. 

Along with the damaged shed, the accident snapped a wire spanning the road and damaged the utility poles on either side of the road, prompting National Grid to be called to the scene to make repairs.

The state Department of Transportation with help from Ronnie's Towing were able to clear the debris from the road and members of the East Greenwich Parks and Recreation Department swept the street before the scene was cleared.

Eastman was issued both summonses at the scene and ordered to appear in court on June 24.


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