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Cops: Riverhead road reopens after driver avoids deer, hits pole

Northville Turnpike between Doctors Path and Middle Road in Riverhead has reopened to traffic after being closed for more than seven hours Sunday following an accident during which a pickup truck struck a utility pole, police said.

There were no injuries.

A Riverhead Town police spokeswoman said the crash happened at 5:30 a.m. when the driver of a Chevrolet Avalanche said he was trying to avoid a deer and hit a utility police at Northville Turnpike and Midway Drive.

The road was closed because of low-hanging wires, the spokeswoman said. The road reopened at about 1 p.m.

A PSEG Long Island spokeswoman said it was a Verizon pole that was struck and that it had to be removed and replaced.

“There were no outages,” the spokeswoman said.

No further details of the crash were immediately available.

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