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Emergency personnel direct traffic and examine the scene of the crash at Stimson Ave. and Rt. 33. 

Crash at Stimson Ave. and Highway 33 knocks over light pole

A Honda Accord drove off the side of the road when the driver swerved to avoid a car that spun in front of him.

Tuesday afternoon, a car drove off the side of the road near the Stimson Avenue entrance ramp to Rt. 33 and hit a light pole.

The driver of the car, a Honda Accord, said he swerved to avoid a car that spun in front of him. The driver declined to give his name.

No one was injured, a firefighter on scene said.

The car knocked down the light pole, exposing wires. Emergency personnel were unsure if these wires were live. If the wires weren’t live, they could become live when the lights switched on, Ralph Phelps, a firefighter for the Athens Fire Department, said.

"He took out the light pole,” Phelps said. “If the lights come on, that could be 40 volts of live power."

As of 3:46 p.m., an Ohio Department of Transportation crew was traveling to the site from Marietta to de-energize the down pole. Emergency personnel expected the ODOT crew to take at least 45 minutes to arrive.

–William T. Perkins contributed to this report.


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