Power restored after utility pole demolished in wreck on John Stockbauer Drive
April 25, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated April 24, 2012 at 11:25 p.m.
More than 1,700 residents were left without power late Tuesday night when a car struck a utility pole in the 1900 block of John Stockbauer Drive near Miori Lane.
The crash, at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, left 1,789 residents in several surrounding neighborhoods without power, said Elgin Janssen, spokesman for AEP.
All the power was restored by 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Two people in a southbound silver sedan, driver Timothy Hawkins, 22, and passenger Kregg Behrends, 20, both of Victoria, were treated at the scene by EMS personnel after the crash. They refused to be taken to a hospital.
John Stockbauer Drive was closed to traffic from Miori Lane to Ben Jordan Street.
The wooden utility pole snapped about five feet off the ground and was suspended by power lines. Janssen called the pole "demolished," but said the overhead conductors remained in place.
Victoria police Sgt. Phillip Barron said speed was a factor in the crash.
Melony Perkins, who lives in the Cimmaron subdivision, was working on her laptop computer when she heard the wreck.
"I heard a loud crash, then instant darkness."
She went outside and saw her neighborhood was in the dark. She eventually saw the flashing lights near the crash site.
Power was out in several neighborhoods, including the Lakes, Eagle Creek, Cimmaron, Burning Tree and Tangerine.
AEP workers restored power in phases, Janssen said.
By 11:26 p.m., the first 237 customers had regained power, followed by two more rounds of recovery before midnight. The final 478 customers regained power at 2:23 a.m., after crews repaired the pole, Janssen said.