Driver strikes pole, downs power lines

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A distracted driver went off the road Wednesday and struck a live power pole in Beaver Township.

Police said a woman was driving north on Detwiler Road when she looked down at something and her car veered off the road and into a ditch.

The woman’s SUV bounced into the pole, which snapped and fell on the SUV. Police said the pole supported live power lines.

The woman, who was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, exited the SUV while the lines were still live.

“That is extremely dangerous,” said Chief Russ Osborne. “She is very, very lucky. There were live wires around the car from what I understand. She was very, very luck she was not hit by one of those live wires. The drill is to remain in the vehicle.”

Ohio Edison was at the scene.

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