Power outage caused by vehicle hitting utility pole

September 28, 2017

By John Raffel

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department has reported that around 6:54 p.m. on Saturday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 12 Mile Road and 190th Ave of Leroy Township in Osceola County.

The accident occurred when a vehicle failed to negotiate around the curve and ran off the roadway striking a tree, said the deputy’s report.

The vehicle then vaulted, overturned and hit a utility pole support wire causing several power lines and power poles to break and resulting in surrounding area power outages, deputies say.

The sheriff’s department reported there was a lone driver, from LeRoy, who was found trapped in the vehicle and was later air lifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The department also reported a Great Lakes Energy lineman came quickly to the scene and helped first responders by checking the down power lines to make sure the area was safe for first responders.

Alcohol and speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies say.

The Lincoln Township Fire and Rescue along with the Osceola County EMS, assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene.

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