[UPDATE 8:12 p.m.] Vehicle Destroys Telephone Pole on Henderson and H Streets

12483225_1722438117976024_540100869_oA white Kia Forte struck a pole on Henderson and H Streets in Eureka about 6:50 p.m. Henderson is blocked at I Street. Lines are down.

“The bottom of the pole is destroyed,” says our reporter on the scene Oliver Cory. “[The accident] took out a stoplight, too.”

Avoid the area if possible.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: More photos of the scene from Cory. Electricity is out to about 20 customers, according to PG&E.image image
UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: According to scanner traffic, H & Henderson will be closed for six to twelve hours. PG&E  will be doing a major repair with possible loss of power to other parts of the city.

UPDATE 7:13 p.m.: Holy smokes! Take a look at that photo below. A man at the scene tells a child, “The telephone pole lost its legs.”image
UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Battalion Chief with Humboldt Bay Fire Chris Jelinek told Oliver Cory that the driver was not injured. The vehicle has major front end damage. But most importantly this major intersection may be closed all night. So…plan your drives carefully.

UPDATE 7:37 p.m.: Contrary to other reports, the driver did not flee from the scene, according to Officer Corrie Watson of the Eureka Police Department.

Also, H Street is closed at Hayes Street.

Update 8:12 p.m.: According to Officer Watson, the driver of the vehicle said he was avoiding an animal when he crashed.



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