One vehicle accident Friday takes down utility pole
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a main street utility pole Friday apparently fell asleep.
That’s the report from Imperial Police Sgt. Rob Browning, who investigated the 4 p.m. accident at the corner of Broadway and West 10th Sts.
Allen Clines, 84, of Imperial was driving north on Broadway in a 2001 Chevrolet pickup and likely fell asleep. Sgt. Browning said Clines told him afterwards the last thing he recalled was going by the Imperial police station a few blocks south of the accident scene.
“All indications show he fell asleep,” Browning said.
Browning said it was lucky there was no one in the crosswalk a block south, and that Clines avoided any oncoming traffic as his vehicle crossed over into the southbound lane before hitting the pole.
Clines was wearing his seat belt and the air bag went off, Browning added. He was conscious throughout the ordeal.
Clines was taken by Imperial EMS to Chase County Community Hospital, where he was treated for three cracked ribs, a cracked sternum and deep lacerations to his hands.
Clines’ vehicle was totaled, Browning said. City utility crews were quickly on the scene. The utility pole was laying across the street and electrical wires were down.
Members of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Dept., also responded and assisted at the scene and with traffic control.
City Public Works Supt. Pat Davison said the accident had nothing to do with the short power outage that afternoon in the south part of town. That was due to high winds that caused an arc in the overhead lines, he told council members Monday night.