Single Vehicle Car Accident Traps Driver Inside With Live Power Line. So. Sixth Street Closed for up to 2 more hours.
We have been following a traffic accident that occurred about an hour ago on South 6th. Street in front of Denny’s Restaurant.
An older white SUV struck a power line near Denny’s and then overturned. A live power line was smoking near the vehicle. Fuel was reported to be leaking from it. The single occupant (a female) was trapped in the vehicle and unresponsive when police arrived.
Power has been knocked out for almost 2,000 customers in the local area. Fire crews had to wait for Pacific Power to make the scene safe before removing the driver from the vehicle. She has since been transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes. The power outage is reported to have caused traffic lights to stop working in the area as well.
The scene is still being processed and we have a report that 6th Street could be closed for up to two more hours. As of article time Pacific Power was still reporting power out for about 276 locations in the local Klamath Falls area.
We recommend avoiding the area of the scene until it is processed and power is restored.
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Above photo by Klamath Falls Police
Submitted photo by Justine Bertrand
At approximately 6:30 pm, Klamath Falls Police Department officers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash in front of Denny’s Restaurant, 2947 South Sixth Street.
The vehicle was occupied by one female driver, who was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident will cause traffic to be diverted for several hours.
The collision sheared a live power pole.
The incident is still under investigation.
The driver was identified as Klamath Falls resident, Kristine Cox, 51. She was cited and released for DUII.
KFPD was assisted by Klamath County Fire District 1, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, and Oregon State Police.