Traffic accident on West Bancroft leaves hundreds without powerWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Amanda Tindall and Jordan Finney, Toledo Free Press Staff Writers
Hundreds of Toledo residents lost electricity after a two-car collision on West Bancroft Street downed a power line at Clinton Street around 8:30 p.m. July 18. That section of Bancroft, between Auburn and Upton avenues, is now closed to traffic and pedestrians.
Police say the area will remain closed for at least several hours, possibly all night, because of potential electrocution danger from a live high-voltage power line transformer.
The driver of a silver Ford Taurus was pulling left into his driveway on West Bancroft Street when a black Dodge Charger tried to pass him on the left side, Toledo Police Sgt. Joe Trudeau said.
“At this point I know that [the driver of the Charger] is in excess of the speed limit, but I don’t know how much for sure,” Trudeau said. “The officer here is going to do the math on that, and we’ll do some calculations. That’s under investigation.”
The black car then spun out, hit an electric pole, taking out six to eight feet of the pole. It spun out again, hitting a retaining wall, and traveled backwards, until it came to a stop at Irvington Place.
There was substantial damage to both cars, but neither driver was injured, Trudeau said.
The Charger was towed from the scene. Police said no alcohol or drugs were involved.
“This kid was just going a little too fast — way too much speed,” Trudeau said.
Several residents said they didn’t see the collision, but heard the crash.
“I heard it,” West Bancroft Street resident Daniel Lee said. “I was watching television, and I heard this boom. And I ran outside and I just saw this one car and thought ‘Oh, this one car can’t be it.’ I looked down and saw that other one way down there.”
Lee said he immediately called 911.
“They put me on hold and said my call would be taken in the order that it’s received,” Lee said. “This is a speedway, I tell you what. It was bad tonight.”
Police were on the scene in about one minute because officers were in the vicinity working on another case.
The driver of the Taurus had no visible injuries, but Lee said his neighbor went to the hospital because he was sore.
“He’s going to feel that tomorrow,” Lee said.
Toledo Edison’s website indicates the power outage is affecting up to 1,500 customers in that area. It estimates the power will be restored around midnight.