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March 12, 2013

Repair crews complete work on downed power lines

Driver hit pole when he swerved to miss deer

ANDERSON, Ind. —  The downed power lines on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard have been repaired.

Live power lines were hanging just 4 feet over the pavement late Monday night after a truck hit a support pole. Anderson Municipal Power and Light crews worked at the site throughout the day Tuesday and finished at about 4:30 p.m., said the utility’s department head Tom Donoho.

Ryan Parameter, 33, was driving his 2007 GMC Sierra northbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, when a deer ran across the roadway, said Anderson police spokesman Sgt. William Casey.

Parameter swerved to miss the deer, hit the curb and lost control of the truck, slamming into a power pole between the 38th Street intersection and the railroad tracks.

The pole split up the middle downing lines about 100 feet in either direction, Casey said. The top of the pole fell and was suspended by live wires about 12 feet above the ground.

Police blocked traffic at both 38th and 29th streets on MLK while waiting for Madison County Emergency Management Agency to arrive. Casey said the police department hadn’t received any calls about power outages.

Parameter’s truck ended up stuck in a muddy ditch. He wasn’t seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out, Casey said.

Donoho said the crew was able to replace the pole and repair the lines without incident and that no power outages resulted from the accident.

Jack Molitor contributed to this story.

 

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