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UPDATE: Truck slams into pole and home causing power outages

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UPDATE: Hundreds were without power today after a truck slammed into a utility pole and then a house.

This happened near Wilson Avenue SW and Balsam Drive around 9:40 a.m.

We spoke with a neighbor who saw the driver hit the utility pole.

Mike Bamsey says, "Oil started pouring out of the transformer and then I saw our wires come off our house and then the bang, the real loud bang, as the transformer went up in flames."

The truck then continued on, hitting his next door neighbor's home.

Bamsey says, "I got fortunate, I only have minimal damage but it knocked his foundation."

Cedar Rapids Police say the driver had some type of medical emergency. No word on the woman's current condition but people say she was conscious after the accident.

No one else was injured.

Updated by: Lauren Moss


Alliant Energy's outage map shows 828 people without power in the Cedar Rapids area as of 9:40 a.m. 

Police say a female driver had a medical condition causing her to crash into a pole and then into a porch on a home. 

The crash happened at Wilson Ave SW and Balsam Drive.

Alliant Energy says at first the accident caused about 900 customers to be without power but they have restored most of it. 

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