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Accident causes power outage

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
March 18, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.


A couple, arguing in their vehicle Sunday morning, may have led to a massive power outage for more than 1,700 Victoria residents.

Victoria Police Sgt. Kirby Redlin said a 2002 Chevrolet truck hit a telephone pole at 1:48 a.m. in the 600 block of S. Laurent Street. Redlin said the vehicle's driver, Rene Jackson, and an unknown passenger, were arguing at the time of the accident.

"They apparently got into an argument ... she was driving and he jerked the wheel," Redlin said.

After Jackson struck the telephone pole with her vehicle, Redlin said they left the scene.

Victoria Police Officer Blair Cerny was assigned to work the wreck.

Police were able to locate Jackson's vehicle because the license plate fell off the truck after striking the telephone pole.

The pole broke near the top, and the transformer container suffered damage, which caused damage to electrical wires.

Elgin Janssen, of AEP, said the impact of the vehicle hitting the pole eliminated power for 1,728 Victoria customers Sunday morning.

Electricity for the first 930 customers was restored at 2:43 a.m., while the remaining 798 customers were restored at 5:15 a.m., Janssen said.

Redlin said he did not know if a citation was issued.

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