Driving lesson 101: a road is slicker in the first few minutes after rainfall begins as the rain mixes with oil left on the roadway. There are many weather conditions that can contribute to more perilous than normal driving. Rain and snowfall are two. Diminished visibility is another. Even the most experienced and trained drivers can fall victim to these kinds of situations. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a crash where an Atlanta Police officer left 400 residents without power.
At about 3:30 am on Wednesday morning, while roads were slick and wet from morning showers, an Atlanta police officer was injured when his vehicle spun out.
After losing control of the vehicle while attempting to negotiate a curve Joseph E. Boone, the police vehicle crashed into a power pole and then rolled down an embankment.
The crash blocked all of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and caused more than 1,000 people without power at one point.
The officer, who was unidentified, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with head and back pain. He was later released and returned to the scene to gather his belongings.
The accident also caused MARTA bus routes to run behind as a supervisor on scene determined alternate routes.
Power was restored just before 8 a.m. according to the Georgia Power outage map. The officer’s vehicle was removed just after power was restored.
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