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SUV hits tree, takes out power in Loma Vista neighborhood

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 12, 2012 at 5:12 a.m.

A van hit an electric pole at the intersection of E Lomo Vista Street and N East Street in Victoria Sunday night, knocking out power to about a three block radius of the wreck.

The lights went out for some Victoria residents Sunday night after an SUV struck a light pole, and took down a major power line in the area.

George Garcia had just opened his door, when he saw a black vehicle crash into a tree about three doors down.

"It was like lightening," Garcia said. "I saw sparks flying everywhere."

The westbound 1988 black Dodge struck the pole at about 10:30 p.m., on the corner of E. Loma Vista Street and N. East Street.

"The power line fell and hit the ground," Garcia said. "My two daughter should be in bed right now for school, but the crash has kept them awake."

The Victoria Police Department and the Victoria Fire Department worked the scene by securing the area surrounding the live electric power line that had fallen out of place.

The 29-year-old Hispanic male driving the vehicle suffered facial injuries and was transported to Citizens Medical Center, said Sgt. Adam Nieto.

The injured driver left the vehicle after hitting the tree and was identified by officers who found him walking away from the scene.

"We found him a couple blocks east of the accident," Nieto said. "Our main priority now is to make the area safe and restore power."

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