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Early Morning Crash Knocks Out Power

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LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Early Sunday Karen Higgins and her husband hid the eggs and set the table for Easter brunch. But early in the morning the house didn’t have power.

“I woke up a little after six and realized that there was no power in the house,” Higgins said.

What sounded like a worst nightmare on a holiday was a brief reality for Higgins.

“My initial feeling was panic because my daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren are coming this morning, and we’ve got a big Easter day planned,” Higgins said.

EWEB crews restored the power around 10 a.m. for 180 homes that had lost power. The power outage was caused by a single vehicle crash; the car knocked out five fence posts before hitting a utility pole. When medics arrived on scene, the driver was nowhere to be found.

“It surprised us that with the extent of damage to the front of the car and to the driver compartment that the person¬†actually¬†got out and walked away and left the scene,” said EPD Officer Dale Dawson.

Dawson said the car was reported stolen from Eugene. EPD will continue its investigation of the stolen car and search for the driver.

“So what we’re looking for is DNA or fingerprints anything like that,” said Dawson.

Families living in the area said they were happy EWEB restored their power early enough that it didn’t impact their Easter plans.

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