Crash results in outages, fire


June 7, 2023

Scott Swanson

A Subaru Legacy sits behind a fire engine early Thursday, June 1, after hitting a power pole, which contributed to the loss of power through much of Sweet Home for part of the morning.

A car that collided with a power pole along Highway 20 early Thursday, June 1, led to a chain reaction of incidents that included widespread power outages and wiring in City Hall catching fire.

Police and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel responded shortly after 6 a.m. to the collision in the 3200 block of Highway 20.

According to a SHFAD statement, damage to the power pole was severe and caused wires to hang low over the highway's westbound lanes.

Power lines then caught on a Pepsi semi truck and trailer, which caused damage to several poles and transformers, according to...

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