Small grass fire sparked by downed electrical lines

Last updated: February 28. 2014 11:46AM - 3973 Views
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EMS personnel attend to the driver of the Ford Edge that slammed into a utility pole on U.S. 221 at approximately 10 a.m. this morning. In the background, the blackened area is the site of a small grass fire sparked by electrical lines that were damaged by the car's impact.
EMS personnel attend to the driver of the Ford Edge that slammed into a utility pole on U.S. 221 at approximately 10 a.m. this morning. In the background, the blackened area is the site of a small grass fire sparked by electrical lines that were damaged by the car's impact.
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A Boone woman was injured this morning in a one-car accident on U.S. 221 S., after she lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a utility pole, sparking a small grass fire.


Sherry Kemp of Boone was driving a Ford Edge Friday morning south on U.S. 221 when, according to her, she briefly lost consciousness as a result of a medical condition.


Her vehicle crossed the yellow line, traveled down an embankment and crashed head-on into a Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Utility pole on which was mounted an electrical transformer.


The power lines sparked a small grass fire, which was quickly brought under control by passing motorist Michael Eller.


The electrical transformer was damaged in the accident and was dripping insulator fluid, according to the witness.


Emergency services personnel from Blue Ridge Medical Transport attended to Kemp. She was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital suffering from minor injuries.


Firefighters from the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene for traffic control and clean-up.


The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


John Sears contributed to this report.

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