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Car Explosion in Longmeadow Causes Hundreds to Lose Power

Courtesy Sara Whitney

Courtesy Sara Whitney – Picture is of the car explosion from a home a short distance away.

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Emergency personnel responded to a single car crash in the area of the Longmeadow Country Club tonight which knocked out power to several hundred residents.

The Longmeadow Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene of the car accident which happened just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole at 400 Shaker Road which caused the outage.

Investigators on-scene tell ABC40 that a young woman was driving the car and lost control because of the slick road conditions.  She then crashed into a pole which fell onto her car.

The woman was able to escape the vehicle before it burst into flames.

Witnesses nearby reported seeing the fire and then the explosion from a distance away.  Downed power lines could also be seen in the area.

Police say no one was injured.

According to Fire Captain Andrew Fraser it was a miracle that the young woman was able to get out of her vehicle safely.

“No one can figure out how she got out without getting electrocuted.  It was a 1 in a million chance,” says Captain Fraser.

At the height of the incident, about 650 Western Mass. Electric customers were without electricity.

By 8:30 p.m. WMECo was reporting on almost everyone effected had had their power turned back on.

A WMECo representative told us they did send a crew to make repairs and to take care of the damaged pole.  They will restore power to the remainder of customers as soon as possible.

Captain Fraser says close to a $100,000 in damage was caused to three poles, phone and power lines, and equipment.   Verizon and WMECo will continue their work throughout the evening.

Stay with ABC40 on air at 11:00 p.m. for the latest details on this situation.

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