UPDATE: Reams Rd. reopened after pole downed in DUI accident
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Reams Road between Walkerton Road and the Powhite Parkway was closed this morning due to a downed power pole that snapped in half after an alleged DUI accident.
Authorities said that the pole was damaged at around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning when a truck struck the pole. Dominion Power was on site for emergency pole repairs.
Driver of the vehicle was Corey Wayne Collins, 35 of the 9700 block of Swansea Road in Chesterfield. He was arrested and charged with DUI.
He was driving a 2006 Nissan Frontier that was totaled according to the crash report. Total damage to other property, including utility poles and two mailboxes, was estimated by the officer to be $10,000.
When our crew arrived, we were able to see the splintered ends of the power pole, snapped in half after Chesterfield police say a truck driven by 35 year old Corey Collins slammed into it, overnight.
It's a crash that woke up neighbors like Terry Ludlam. "The tree was on fire. That's what we saw first," says Terry. "The policeman said he'd never seen one snap like that before."
Hours after the crash, Virginia Dominion Power crews were out here replacing the pole.
The emergency repairs caused mass confusion during the morning commute. Drivers, and even school buses, didn't know how to get around the mess.
Luckily, through it all no one lost power, despite all this damage. "I couldn't believe it! I was waiting for it to go off for about 4 or 5 hours," adds Terry.
Crews used these orange sheets, to move the live power lines safely from the broken pole, to the new pole.
Police charged Collins with DUI after the crash.
Witnesses say the truck involved in this accident ended up on the other side of the road. You were able to see debris scattered about and it's actually pretty far from where that truck hit the power pole.
Terry says accidents like this are not uncommon here in front of his home. "Got that one down there a couple of months ago (referring to another power pole and accident). This is a bad road this bend here is bad."
He'd like to see more warnings for drivers about the curve in the road and for good reason. The crash took out his, along with his neighbors, mailbox.
"I had my mailbox in my driveway. They kept taking it out so I moved it over next to my neighbors by that pole. It hasn't been touched since. Now, pow," says Terry.
Collins was taken to Chippenham Medical Center with some injuries but he is expected to be okay.