Broken pole not reported
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.
The broken transmission power pole behind the Baynton Hills.