Las Cruces Crash Snaps Utility Pole

Oct 10, 2013

  A Thursday morning two-vehicle crash on Melendres Street injured a woman and snapped an El Paso Electric power pole that is expected to close part of the intersection throughout the day.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Las Cruces police and fire were dispatched to the crash at the intersection of Melendres and Brown Road. A 24-year-old woman driving a black Honda Accord was injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Las Cruces Police learned that the Honda was heading eastbound on Brown Road and failed to stop at the intersection. The car smashed into a Ford utility truck that was heading north on Melendres.

After the two vehicles collided, the utility truck veered into a power pole on the northeast corner of the intersection. The pole snapped but remained standing, and continued to hold the 4,000 volt power lines aloft.

The driver and passenger of the utility truck were shaken but did not report any serious injuries.

El Paso Electric personnel do not anticipate any power outages while they replace the pole but did state that a portion of the intersection will remain closed for most of Thursday.

The driver of the Honda will likely receive a citation for running a stop sign.