A New Portland teenager sustained minor injuries Sunday morning when he fell asleep while driving and crashed a car into a utility pole on Route 4 in Strong, police said.

The 16-year-old was driving north on Route 4, which is also the Farmington Road, around 5:54 a.m. when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and the car veered off the road, according to a report from Franklin Count Deputy Andrew Morgan.

The car went down into a ditch and slammed into a utility pole, snapping it in half. The car then rolled over, according to the report.

The teenager was the only person in the car and suffered facial cuts. He was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington for evaluation, Morgan said.

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