A motor vehicle wreck left 2,170 Caney Fork Electric Cooperative customers in the dark Thursday night.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Pine Bluff Road and Old Rock Island Road at 8:56 p.m. It involved two juveniles, whose names are being withheld.
“A 2001 Ford Mustang, black in color, driven by a 16-year-old male from McMinnville was traveling on Pine Bluff Road,” said Warren County Sheriff’s Major Jason Walker. “He was heading toward Old Rock Island Road. The driver stated he started to stop but his brakes began to fade.”
The vehicle crossed Old Rock Island Road and struck a utility pole owned by Caney Fork Electric Cooperative.
The driver was transported by Warren County EMS to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
“A 15-year-old female passenger from Rock Island in the vehicle was not injured in the crash,” said Walker.
Electricity was out for almost three hours for 2,086 customers and even longer for 84 others, according to Caney Fork general manager Bill Rogers.
“A three-phase pole was broken and had conductors down in the road,” said Rogers. “The damage and location was such that we couldn’t get members back on until the pole was replaced. There were 2,170 members out for two hours and 45 minutes. Eighty-four of those were out another 1 hour and 30 minutes while repairs were made to a tap line adjacent to where the pole was broken.”
According to Facebook posts by the teenage driver’s mother, he suffered scratches during the wreck.