Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 10, 2012

Car slams into two utility poles

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Traffic on East Corsicana Street in Athens had to be diverted Wednesday morning, while two utility poles damaged in a car wreck, were replaced.

Athens Police Department Chief Buddy Hill said one of the poles belonged to Oncor, and the other to Century Link. It took several hours for the damaged poles to be replaced. While repairs were underway, barricades were set up, detouring traffic to East Tyler Street.

APD reports show that the wreck occurred at about 7 a.m. in the 700 block of East Corsicana Street. A 2005 Buick Le Sabre driven by 36-year-old Paul Akin of Athens was traveling west, then crossed the eastbound lanes, left the roadway and collided with the poles.

Hill said the driver apparently went to sleep, causing him to veer off the pavement.

Akin avoided serious injury, and was not transported to the hospital.  Patrolman James Graham worked the wreck for APD.

Utility poles have endured some tough times over the past few days. According to APD reports, an early afternoon crash temporarily interrupted utility service for a portion of Athens Friday. A vehicle struck two poles in the 600 block of Prairieville Street, causing an outage that lasted for about an hour.

On Sunday morning, a car slammed into one near the Trinity Home Health Clinic in the 300 block of South Prairieville Street. Oncor was notified for repairs and the vehicle was removed by wrecker.