Hit-and-run crash knocks out power

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From Local Sources

JASPER — An overnight vehicle-versus-pole crash at State Road 164 and Jasper-Dubois Road involving a driver who left the scene knocked out power in the area and led to roads being blocked during this morning’s commute.

The accident was reported at 1:47 a.m., according to Dubois County Central Dispatch.

Pat Lichlyter, the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative’s manager of operations, said the roadway was icy when the accident occurred. The first linemen on the scene notified Lichlyter to call out all hands on deck “because it’s going to be a mess.”

A vehicle ran off the road at the intersection and struck and broke a pole before the motorist backed up and drove off, Lichlyter said.

“We don’t even know who did it or anything,” said Lichlyter, who joined linemen at the scene by 2:30 a.m.

A second pole on the opposite side of State Road 164 also broke, Lichlyter said, and power, telephone and cable lines were downed.

The outage affected 348 REC members along the highway in the Ruxer Farms area and living along a stretch of Jasper-Dubois Road.

Power was restored and roads were reopened in the area at 7:25 a.m.

“They worked hard and got it back on,” Lichlyter said of the linemen who toiled through the night. “They were bustin’ their butts.”

Traffic control was supplied by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, with Indiana State Police and the Jasper Police Department also assisting. The Dubois County Highway Department also came to the scene and spread salt in the area.

That support “made our job easier,” Lichlyter said. “They did an excellent job.”

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