Car crashes into pole, causing nearly 1,300 to lose power

Officials said the car broke a power pole in half, knocking out power to homes in Pleasant Hill, Jasper, and Fall Creek areas.

Posted: Jul 29, 2018 5:36 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2018 5:38 PM

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- Power has been restored to nearly 1,300 homes after a car crashed into a power pole, completely destroying it.

"It blew through the whole pole. The pole was split in half, laying down," said area resident Nick Guy. "Then they shot through here and it looks like they split the gap between those two trees there, and they finished up in that driveway over there."

Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Pleasant Hill-Goshen Fire Chief Andrew Smith said crews were called out to the scene for that wreck and fire.

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"Our crews responded quickly and located both the vehicle that hit the power pole, the power pole was down," Chief Smith said. "There was a small grass fire. Fortunately, that grass fire was in short, mowed grass, so it hadn't spread very far."

Guy said it was an unbelievable thing to see.

"It was kind of crazy. We were all caught up in the excitement, but this was kind of torched," Guy said. "It was just something you see in a movie, with the field kind of lighting on fire a little bit, and then the car piled up. But, luckily, nobody got hurt and the drivers were on scene still. For a bad situation, people made the best out of it."

Guy and his roommate are members of power line crews.

He works on underground lines, and his roommate is a lineman apprentice.

His roommate was able to help keep bystanders safe while fire crews and Emerald People's Utility District worked to get the situation under control.

"There was some people that were walking pretty close to the power lines and stuff as they were laying on the ground," Guy said. "A lot of people don't realize that even though they're laying on the ground, it doesn't mean they're still not hot. So, just trying to keep people away from them so nothing happened to them."

Fire officials said the driver of that vehicle was sent to the hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries.

Power was restored around 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Chief Smith said with the extreme fire danger levels that we're seeing right now, make sure you're taking extra precautions to not cause any potential fires.

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