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Update: No injuries after crash knocks out power in Central Emporia

No injuries were reported after a minivan crashed into a utility pole in the 1300 block of Merchant Street late Friday.
 
The crash happened at 9 p.m., knocking out power to more than 750 customers in Central Emporia after the power pole was snapped in half, causing power lines to hang near the ground west of the Emporia State University campus. It also knocked out the traffic signals along 12th Ave. at Merchant and Commercial Street. Westar Energy crews were on scene making repairs late into the night and eventually restored power to all customers.

Emporia Police say the female driver was not injured. It is unclear what caused the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

10:00 p.m. Friday
A one vehicle crash late Friday evening caused more than 750 people to lose power in Central Emporia.

At around 9 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the 1300 block of Merchant Street where a minivan crashed into a utility pole, snapping it in half, causing power lines to hang near the ground west of the Emporia State University campus. Details on injuries from the crash are pending from Emporia Police. Power was knocked out along Merchant Street from 18th to 12th Ave. and several blocks west. It also knocked out power to the streetlight at the intersection of 12th and Merchant. As of 10 p.m., power had been restored to many in the area, with full restoration expected by 10:45 p.m. according to Westar Energy.

9:30 p.m. Friday 

More than 750 people are without power in Central Emporia following a one-vehicle auto accident near 13th and Merchant Street.

At about 9 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene where a minivan struck a utility pole just west of the Emporia State University campus. As a result, the power pole snapped in half, knocking out power to more than 750 customers in an area north and south of 12th Ave. between Merchant and West Streets and north to south from 18th to 7th Ave. Westar Energy reports power should be restored by approximately 10:45 p.m. 

Details from the crash are pending from the Emporia Police Department. 

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