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Traffic Delayed After Power Pole Crash

power lineOregon State Police Department says traffic delays may continue on Highway 39 near Klamath Falls after a late night crash into a power pole.

Oregon State Police officers cited a driver following Saturday’s night non-injury single vehicle traffic crash into a power pole along Highway 39 south of Klamath Falls. The highway was closed about six hours as Pacific Power personnel were still on scene this morning repairing the power pole and down power lines.

According to Trooper Craig Rice, on November 2, 2013, at approximately 11:08 p.m., a single vehicle crash was reported on Highway 39 near Chin Road in the vicinity of milepost 10. Investigation shows that an Acura MDX sport utility vehicle driven by a woman from Malin, was southbound and drifted off the southbound shoulder and struck a power pole.

The power pole was damaged and power lines fell across Highway 39, Chin Road and the Union Pacific Railroad line that parallels the highway.

The woman was using safety restraints and she was not injured. Airbags in her vehicle deployed.  She was cited by OSP for Fail to Maintain Lane. No other occupants or vehicles were involved.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Merrill Fire Department, Basin Ambulance, Merrill Police Department and Pacific Power. Traffic was detoured around the crash until the highway was opened.