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Early in the morning on December 13, 2011, a female driver ran into a power pole and fire hydrant. 18-year-old Angela Lira blacked out at a stoplight around 7 a.m. She told authorities that she couldn’t remember anything that had happened.
Lira was on her way to cosmetology classes at the Paul Mitchell School when the crash took place. She told authorities that “All I remember was the car turning, then I woke up.”
Lira’s Honda ran into the power pole, knocking it over and sending live wires across a semi truck on West Marietta Street. The truck driver had to wait for firefighters to arrive to get him out of the cab.
Atlanta firefighters said the trucker, who works for Cowan Systems LLC, did the right thing by staying in his truck until they could confirm the power was cut off. Atlanta Fire Capt. Bobby Ferrell reminds motorists to “never open the door and get out of your car when wires are down.” Downed wires can be lethal.
The trucker was unhurt in the incident, and Lira was treated at the scene for minor injuries by Grady emergency medical personnel.
Several businesses lost power, traffic was backed up and eastbound lanes were shut until 8:45 a.m. After an initial investigation, police decided not to charge Lira for the accident.
On December 12, 2011, a similar accident occurred in Smyrna, when a car crashed into a curb and struck power lines. This northwest Atlanta crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Windy Hill Road near South Cobb Parkway.
Power was out until 8 p.m. and the collision affected 10,000 customers. The driver suffered minor injuries but refused to go to the hospital following the crash.
Kalka & Baer would like to wish all involved and injured in these separate Atlanta auto accidents a full recovery.
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