Car Slides into Power Pole at 44th Avenue and Third Street NE

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred on an icy side street.

Updated. A car crashed into a power pole at 44th Avenue and Third Street NE, according to scanner reports.

No one was injured, according to a Columbia Heights police officer at the scene. The vehicle had been towed away by 7 a.m., approximately an hour after the crash.

Contrary to early reports, the pole is not down, but a power line hung low over 44th Avenue at 7 a.m. Tuesday as utility crew on the scene was making repairs. Electrical service did not appear to be interrupted in the immediate area.

It wasn't clear if the crash was related to a power outage reported on Xcel Energy's online outage map, which showed that 1,275 customers in Columbia Heights and Minneapolis lost power at 5:53 a.m. The company expects to restore power by 8:37 a.m.

Update: At 9 a.m. Tuesday, power was back on for the 1,275 customers who lost it earlier. Only one Columbia Heights customer remained without electrical service.

Columbia Heights and Fridley rescue crews responded. Columbia Heights issued a general alarm.

"We do have a downed primary [wire]" going north, reported one responder at the scene at 6:25 a.m. Tuesday.

At 6:38 a.m., according to emergency radio scanner, law enforcement was to begin blocking the road at 44th and University.

Road conditions are icy. Commented Mike Guswiler on Twitter:

seems like entire city (with the exception of University and Central) is an ice skating rink


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