Crash causes power outage
Published 8:08 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010
By By Adam Prestridge
An Atmore man was injured in a one-vehicle accident just after 2 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his pickup truck, while traveling on East Ridgeley Street.
The accident caused power outages for several Atmore residents after a power pole was snapped in half by the force of the truck.
According to authorities with the Atmore Police Department, Claude Moye lost control of his Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 truck while traveling towards Martin Luther King Avenue. Moye ran through a ditch, knocked down a street sign, struck a power pole breaking it in half and uprooted a fire hydrant.
According to Alabama Power Company Atmore Business Office Manager Peggie Byrd, more than 225 customers were in the dark for just over three hours following the crash as APC linemen replaced the broken pole.
Atmore Ambulance personnel transported Moye to Atmore Community Hospital for treatment of a head injury and other unknown injuries.
An official with the Atmore Utilities Board was also called to the scene to assess the damage caused to the fire hydrant, which will be replaced later this week.
Atmore Police Department officers were first responders on the scene of the accident. Officers remained on the scene to direct traffic while the accident scene was cleared up and power was re-established.
Moye’s pickup truck was pulled out of the ditch and towed by an employee with David’s Paint &Body.
The official cause of the accident is unknown. The accident remains under investigation.