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Car hits utility pole, causing another dangerous power line situation

Authorities responded to another power line down in wet conditions shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday.


According to authorities on scene, the driver was east bound on Sixth Avenue when another vehicle was merging into their lane, causing the first vehicle driver to swerve and hit a utility pole on the corner of West and Sixth Avenue in front of Dollar General. The vehicle that was merging has not been located, and details are pending on its description. 


Both Emporia Fire Department and Emporia Police Department responded to the accident.


No one was injured. Westar Energy crews responded immediately and power was not lost. East bound traffic on Sixth Avenue was reduced to one lane for approximately 20 minutes.


The wet roadways create a bigger concern for electrocution when power lines are down, according to the authorities.


2:10 p.m. Sunday: Knocked down power line creates a greater risk in wet conditions


Shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, Emporia Fire Department responded to a power line down on East 11th Avenue.


A tree snapped and took a power line down with it at 212 East 11th Avenue in Emporia. The Emporia Fire Department blocked off the street until Westar Energy crews could assess and fix the power line. While the line was not broken, the Fire Department blocked the streets for the safety of citizens. With the streets wet and rain still falling, the risk of electrocution was higher than normal, according to authorities on scene.


Power was not lost.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:30