By Becky Robinette Wright
Tones sounded around 8:30 am. on Oct. 3 and dispatched were county police, Engine 3 and Medic 3.Two patients were transported to the hospital.
First on scene discovered a vehicle into a pole and a victim in the roadway.The damaged wires were still live.
Crews provided aid and police closed the road .
An additional ambulance was requested and Medic 17 was dispatched.
Dominion Virginia Power was dispatched.
Utility workers discovered the transformer on the pole was damaged and the power cut not be shut down at the pole. Power was cut from opposing ends of the damaged lines, it took approximately two hours for the power to be cut from the live wires.
As soon as the power was cut and indepth operation to move the vehicle and secure the pole began.
Va power used a special machine with a claw type device at the end to grip the broken pole and hold it in place. Crews in two separate utility aerial buckets secured the wires to prevent them from snapping and began to unhook the damaged transformer and disconnect wires.At last a wrecker was given the go ahead to remove the vehicle.
Firefighters then cleared the scene after being on scene for four hours.
Utility crews then worked to replace the pole. Residents were without power around 10 hrs.
The accident is under investigation.Police have not said if charges will be filed.
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