Bro­ken pole not reported

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A trans­mis­sion power pole in Bayn­ton was left live for three hours af­ter it was snapped in half in a car crash and went un­re­ported.

A 40-year-old Roe­bourne man who al­legedly stole a car from a Kar­ratha prop­erty on Au­gust 15, al­legedly crashed the car into a trans­mis­sion power pole be­hind the Bayn­ton Hills at about 3pm on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17, snap­ping the pole at its base.

The bro­ken pole was left un­re­ported for three hours, only held off the ground by the ten­sion of pow­er­lines above, un­til po­lice at­tended the scene and reported the break.

Hori­zon Power spokes­woman El­iza Ryan said it was a shock no one had reported the pole to the com­pany for hours, es­pe­cially be­cause it was in an area used by walk­ers and jog­gers, and near a BMX track, and it was lucky no live wires had been on the ground.

She urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to make sure they reported any ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing elec­tric­ity poles or pil­lars, and to treat all bro­ken or dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture as live.

“The com­mu­nity are our eyes and ears, so if you see dam­aged elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture please call us im­me­di­ately,” she said.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant An­drew Stevens said the man in­volved in the crash had sus­tained non­se­ri­ous head in­juries in the crash but the car was sub­stan­tially dam­aged.

Sen. Sgt Stevens said the man was not be­ing pur­sued by po­lice at the time. He has been charged with steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Kar­ratha po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Pic­ture: Hori­zon Power

The bro­ken trans­mis­sion power pole be­hind the Bayn­ton Hills.

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