On Monday night, a pickup truck crashed into a utility pole in Arlington. There were two people in the vehicle and they suffered injuries from the accident as well as electrical shocks. Their injuries were not life threatening. The crash resulted in the power lines being held by the utility pole to come down. The two people in the pickup exited the vehicle and that is when the power lines shocked them. It has not yet been determined what caused the accident.
It is important to exercise extreme caution when near downed power lines. Avoid being near them in the first place. Here are a few things to keep in mind about power lines:
• First, do not automatically assume that a downed power line isn’t energized. There is a very good chance that it is still live and can cause you harm.
• Always report downed wires to local
• Do not touch electrical wire.
• Do not touch or come into contact with anyone or anything that has touched an electrical wire.
• Do not come within 300 feet of a downed wire.
• Do not drive over a downed power line.
• STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE if a downed power line falls onto your car. Call for professional help and have them help you to safely exit the vehicle.
• If you must exit your vehicle, jump as far as you can away from the vehicle. Make sure that your feet hit the ground at the same time. Shuffle or hop away from the vehicle, DO NOT RUN.