Car knocks down power pole, second vehicle collides with downed line

HURRICANE — A driver received a citation Friday afternoon after hitting a power pole on Sand Hollow Road in Hurricane, knocking the pole and a power line down.

A car hit a power pole on Sand Hollow Road, taking down the pole and a power line, Hurricane, Utah, July 3, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News
A car hits a power pole on Sand Hollow Road, taking down the pole and a power line, Hurricane, Utah, July 3, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News

Just before 1:30 p.m., a 22-year-old man was driving a blue Chevy Impala northbound at about the 2600 South block of Sand Hollow Road when he swerved across lanes of traffic, hitting a power pole on the other side of the road, Hurricane City Police Officer Jeff Adams said.

The man told police his car lost power, which caused him to leave his lane, Adams said.

Hurricane City Police officers are still investigating the incident, he said, but there were no signs of impaired driving at the scene.

A white Toyota Sienna traveling southbound on Sand Hollow Road drove by shortly after the collision occurred. The power cable was laying across the road, pulled taut and hanging a few feet above the road surface. The Sienna crashed into the cable, and the impact crumpled the hood of the vehicle, pushing the hood into the windshield and shattering it. The Sienna was disabled.

Paramedics from the Hurricane Valley Fire District were on scene to attend to the occupants of both cars. No one reported any injuries, Adams said, including the 71-year-old man driving the Sienna and the 69-year-old woman riding with him.

Traffic is rerouted after a car hit a power pole on Sand Hollow Road, taking down the pole and a power line, Hurricane, Utah, July 3, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News
Traffic is rerouted after a car hits a power pole on Sand Hollow Road, taking down the pole and a power line, Hurricane, Utah, July 3, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News

There were no passengers in the Impala.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

The power line that came down was just a support cable, Adams said, so no homes should have experienced any power outages, and no outages had been reported when a Dixie Power employee arrived to work on the downed line.

Responders from Utah State Parks and Recreation were also on scene.

Traffic heading both north and southbound on Sand Hollow Road was rerouted around the incident through the Dixie Springs subdivision and on dirt roads next to Sand Hollow Road.

The Impala’s driver was issued a citation for improper lane travel, Adams said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • fun bag July 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    golly gee willikers! improper lane travel you say?!

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