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Driver hits utility pole
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The driver of this 2015 GMC Sierra was transported to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park for treatment after leaving the road and striking a utility pole. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Caney Fork Electric was called to disconnect live wires after one of its poles was struck during a motor vehicle accident. 

The driver, Kenneth Pendergrass, 75, was traveling outbound in a 2015 GMC Sierra when he inadvertently exited the roadway on the right-hand side as he passed Warren Arts, located at 5482 Manchester Highway. The incident occurred Thursday at 12:30 p.m.  

“Mr. Pendergrass was traveling westbound and ran off the road on the right side,” said state trooper Wade Myers. 

The vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a drainage culvert and a utility pole. 

“After striking the utility pole, the vehicle went airborne,” said Myers. “It came to rest in a yard off the roadway. The utility lines became caught under the back bumper.”

The cause of the wreck is unknown, but it may have been related to a medical issue Pendergrass was having. 

“Mr. Pendergrass was transported to River Park for treatment,” said Myers. “I think he was having a medical issue. He was very lethargic and couldn’t answer questions very well. I talked to his daughter and she confirmed that he has medical problems. Those may have been the cause.” 

Pendergrass’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.