Woman gets caught between power lines after a crash

Reporter: Gail Levy Writer: Drew Hill
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A woman was caught up in a messy pile of power lines after being ejected from her car during a crash.

This wreck happened along Kings Highway near Harbor View Road in Port Charlotte.

She was thrown into the middle of the power lines and first responders couldn’t get to her at first. FPL had to come to turn the power off before she could be rescued.

The driver of the car is so close to the electric lines after a crash. Casey lives nearby. “That is a hard, hard hit. To take down a power pole like that? That’s crazy,” he said.

The poles above snapped like twigs and the driver was thrown from the car. Casey says he heard a loud boom, or what sounded like an explosion. Then, he heard the helicopter arrive.

“This is the first time I’ve seen the helicopter, but I’ve seen a lot. Like literally, it’s probably eight months ago, nine, a motorcycle guy hit the pole down here,” said Casey.

Driving near Kings Highway is dangerous and Jason Page sees it all of the time. “I know a lot of times people stop at every single red light as they’re coming down Kings Highway and then they’re flying down here to try to get to this green light,” Page said.

This crash reminded Jason and Casey to be careful on the roadways.

“Just try to stay off the main thoroughfare as much as we can,” said Page.

“I take as many back roads I can and stay away. But I’m very vigilant. I try to look around I mean, it’s hard, especially on a bike,” said Casey.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. and the car was out there for most of the evening. It was towed away around 8 p.m.

That driver is now in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital. It is unclear whether or not the woman driving was shocked.

FPL is currently at the crash site trying to restore power.

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