1:15pm Report of a traffic crash on Highway 18 near 5801 Salmon River Highway. Sounds like a power pole has been hit – wires are dangling, Condition of the driver unknown.
1:22pm Arriving emergency responders confirm there are wires down across the highway. Crash victim is still in his car.
1:23pm Traffic is pushing through across the downed wires. Very dangerous. Driver is trapped in his vehicle. Live power lines are resting on his car.
1:26pm Emergency responders are shutting down Highway 18.
1:30pm Power company truck has just arrived.
1:30pm Medical personnel are trying to get a medical helicopter on scene. Weather is cloudy.
1:40pm Life Flight has been told they’re not necessary. Driver suffered a back injury – unknown how bad. He’s reportedly talking with rescuers. He’s still stuck in his car with wires hanging over his vehicle.
1:55pm Decision has been made to transport car’s driver to a local hospital. No air ambulance required.
2:05pm Authorities have re-opened Highway 18 to normal traffic.