Rollover Accident Brings Power Lines Down


A woman was stuck in her truck for over an hour Saturday morning, following a rollover accident.

Around 6:30 a.m. the woman driving hit a power pole near 10th and Kent Place, two blocks West of Fairlawn, flipping her vehicle and causing power lines to come down. Westar was called to the scene to ground a power line that had been snapped by the truck. Emergency crews had to wait for Westar to do this before they could even begin extricating the woman from her vehicle because the power lines were touching the truck. She was removed at 8 a.m. Saturday, an hour and a half after the accident.

Firefighters had to cut the door off of the truck to remove the women. She was transported by AMR to a local hospital in critical condition. On the way, medics upgraded her condition to serious.

Topeka Police officers believe a medical condition may have taken part in the accident. They believe the woman hit an embankment causing the truck to roll.

Electricity was restored to the traffic lights around 8:35 a.m. as Westar continued to work on getting power back on for area neighborhoods.


Power lines are down due to a rollover accident Saturday morning.

Around 6:30 a.m. the person driving hit a telephone pole near 10th and Kent Place, 2 blocks West of Fairlawn, flipping their vehicle and causing power lines to come down.

Emergency crews are waiting to remove  the person from the vehicle until Westar can take care of the downed power lines. The driver is currently stuck inside the vehicle.

Westar has been called to fix the power lines and power in the area is out at this time and 10th Street is completely shut down at Fairlawn, at this time. Traffic lights at 10th and Fairlawn and Huntoon and Fairlawn intersections are currently out and people should treat these intersections as 4-way stops.

No more information is available at this time.