EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP- A two-vehicle crash slowed traffic along the eastbound Black Horse Pike on Thursday evening, and cut the power to a nearby hotel.

The driver of the first vehicle was trying to pass another when she lost control, hit the second vehicle, then hit a utility pole and fire hydrant before overturning at about 6:38 p.m., police said.

The car overturned in front of the Howard Johnson, and the driver was helped out by a passerby before police arrived.

Traffic was rerouted to the center lane of the highway, while the broken pole was leaning into the right lane.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City, for serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Officers waited at the crash site after it was cleared for the utility company to arrive and repair the pole, and power remained out at the hotel.

Some hotel guests were standing outside in the dark at about 8:30 p.m., asking police for information about power restoration. Candles were lit in the lobby of the hotel.

Traffic lights on the roadway as well as the lights to the entire building where the Howard Johnson is located remained out as of 10 p.m.

Police said the utility company was on scene repairing the pole at about 10 p.m.

No other information is available at this time.

Anjalee Khemlani

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.