Both Drivers Receive Minor Injuries In Green Street and Odin Road Crash
Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say 56-year-old Peggy Plassman of South Locust Street in Centralia was driving south on Odin Road when she made a right hand turn onto the Green Street Road in front of a car driven by 19-year-old Justin Montgomery of Circle Drive in Salem.
Montgomery tried to avoid a crash by going off the side of the road, but still hit the rear passenger side of Plassman's van. Montgomery's car then struck a power pole, causing the power lines to fall onto his vehicle. The live power lines started a small field fire, but it went out on its own before reaching Montgomery's car. However, as the power line continued to arc, emergency officials at the scene encouraged Montgomery to jump clear of the vehicle and away from the potential danger. He was successfully able to do so.
Plassman's vehicle came to a stop on the Green Street Road.
Both drivers were treated at the scene, but refused hospital treatment. Sheriff's Deputies say tickets are pending against Plassman.
The wreck caused all traffic on the Green Street Road near the Odin Road intersection to be blocked for two hours. Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency officials remained on the scene for another four hours directing traffic in the area as Tri-County Electric crews replaced the power pole. The Centralia Fire Protection District was called to the scene to assist with the field fire and downed power line.
The wreck also caused a power outage in the area.
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Police Beat for Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015