A single vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon near Otley sent the driver of the vehicle to the hospital and severely damaged a utility pole. The accident was reported at approximately 3:48 p.m. at the intersection of 180th Avenue and Beardsley, east of Otley. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle was unable to slow down at the T-intersection and left the roadway, striking the utility pole on the passenger side and coming to a rest in the ditch. There were no other passengers in the vehicle. The driver was transported to Pella Regional Health Center by Pella Ambulance. The Pella Fire Department also assisted at the scene.