Local man avoids injury in collision with utility pole
A Prineville man avoided injury in a Sunday afternoon after a collision with a utility pole on Northeast Mill Creek Road.
According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, the accident occurred near mile post 2 just before 2:30 p.m. Deputies responded to a report that a Ford truck that had crashed into a utility pole and was truck was lying on its top down an embankment. When they arrived on scene, they found 18-year-old Mitchell Wells of Prineville, who had managed to self-extricate, but was not injured.
An investigation into the crash revealed that Wells was traveling northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve near mile post 2. Based upon the evidence at the scene, Mitchell appeared to have lost control before becoming airborne and colliding with a utility pole. The truck subsequently rolled onto its top at the bottom of the utility pole. The pole sustained significant damage.
Wells was issued a citation for failure to drive within lane. Speed is considered to be a contributing factor in the crash, however alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor.
Central Electric Cooperative was contacted and responded due to the damage to the utility pole. Mill Creek Road near mile post 2 was closed in both directions for approximately 20 minutes while the truck was pulled up the embankment.
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