Four Hurt In Utility Pole Crash
For all of our society’s technological advances, we still rely on utility poles to carry our electricity, communications, as well as lighting and traffic signals for our streets. They are important things to have but they can still present a hazard. Government statistics estimate that there are just over 100,000 accidents involving utility poles with approximately 1,000 fatalities in the United States each year. While the number seems relatively low in comparison to other types of vehicle crashes, four people in Houston are thankful that they are among the lucky ones after an accident that happened last week.
According to a story which appeared on the Chron.com website, four people were hurt on Sunday night when their vehicle impacted a utility pole in Southwest Houston.
Authorities say that the accident occurred at approximately 12:00 a.m. when a driver was traveling along West Sam Houston Parkway. The vehicle struck a utility pole at the intersection of West Sam Houston and South Street.
The four people were transported to an area hospital for treatment and are listed in stable condition.
The force of the impact of the vehicle hitting the pole caused the wooden utility pole to split in half. Area businesses all along Sam Houston Parkway and the Southwest Freeway were without power until repairs could be made.