Crash

A vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Madison Avenue, knocking out power in parts of Washington, Wednesday afternoon.

Washington Fire Chief Bill Halmich said a pole in the 1000 block of Madison Avenue was struck just before 4 p.m. Wednesday by a van with such force that two lines were damaged and shorted out.

The lines were primary feeder lines out of the Washington substation and caused outages throughout the town.

Ameren Missouri reported 1,689 customers were without power.

According to Washington police, Marcella Santoya, 91, Washington, was southbound on Madison Avenue when she traveled off the right side of the road and struck the pole.

Santoya told police she was unsure what happened. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital Washington with minor injuries.

Traffic signals stopped working and area homes and businesses were without power. Halmich said Mercy South was impacted by the outage, but reported no major issues.

Because of the high voltage lines, Halmich said crews shut down Madison Avenue until the lines could be repaired.

Halmich said Ameren arrived on the scene quickly and worked diligently to restore power. Ameren said power was restored within an hour.