Single-vehicle accident causes power outage

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Duke Energy is working to restore power to some homes in northeast Columbus after a one-vehicle crash damaged a utility pole this afternoon.

The accident left 172 homes without power as of 2 p.m., said Duke spokesman Chip Orben. A crew is on the scene to install a new utility pole, but the process could take a couple hours, he added.

At about 1:30 p.m., Cheryl L. Williams, 2673 Doup Drive, Columbus, was traveling south in her sport-utility vehicle on Marr Road near Heritage Road when her tires got into loose gravel on the ride of the road, causing her to lose control and hit the pole and snap it in half, said Columbus Police Department officer Angie Owens.

Williams was not distracted and suffered no injuries, Owens said. The vehicle’s airbag deployed.