A car crash in Idaho Falls left two people injured and a power pole damaged. Police are investigating the crash, which occurred on Tuesday May 3rd on Ammon Road. Ammon Road was shut down temporarily while the damage caused by the accident was assessed. The driver and the passenger were taken to the hospital with injuries which were not life threatening. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Power poles and lines can present dangers not only as physical barriers in a crash, but also to drivers who encounter damaged utility lines in the roadway. As a reminder, if there is a downed power line on the road, here are the steps to take to avoid electrocution. 1. Assume that all power lines are active. 2. Never attempt to touch or approach a downed power line. 3. Don’t touch anything or anyone who is in contact with a downed power line. 4. Stay in your car and contact 9-1-1 and the local utility company immediately. The fire department, police and power company workers will let you know when it is safe to get out of vehicle. The safest place is in your car, the ground around the car may be energized. 5. Do Not drive over the downed power line.
If you do happen to come into contact with a downed power line and there is a fire, before exiting your vehicle remove all loose items of clothing, keep your hands at your sides and jump clear of the vehicle so you are not touching the car when you feet hit the ground. Keep both of your feet together and shuffle away from he vehicle without picking up your feet, this will keep you grounded.
Stay safe out there!