Accident Into Utility Pole Shuts Down Rt. 3 Overnight

Accident Into Utility Pole Shuts Down Rt. 3 Overnight

Route 3 between Columbia and Waterloo was shut down for several hours early Sunday morning, Jan. 28, as a car accident caused electric lines to be strewn over the roadway. Just after 2:30 a.m., a northbound car lost control, went off the highway and hit a utility pole located just north of Hanover Road. The impact caused the pole to snap sending several electric lines to fall onto all four lanes of north and southbound Rt. 3. 

A 911 call was made to notify emergency personnel of the situation. Before the police arrived, several passing motorists drove into the downed lines. County deputies, Waterloo police, Waterloo firefighters and Monroe County EMTs were soon on the scene and got a handle on the situation. Roadblocks were set up at Hanover Road to the south and FF Road (Hope Christian Church) to the north, not allowing any traffic through. Motorists were detoured from FF Road to Hanover Road and back onto Route 3. 

The driver of the car that hit the utility pole was given an initial citation for suspected DUI. Another driver of a car that hit the downed lines was transported to an area hospital with what was reported as whiplash. Several vehicles had to towed because of the damage caused when they struck the power lines. None of the injuries were deemed very serious. 

An Ameren IP crew was dispatched to the scene and the crew worked several hours to remove the lines, put up a new utility pole and lines, and get the power running again. Traffic lanes were reopened right at 8 a.m. 

Illinois State Police continues to investigate this incident. Additional information, including names, have not yet been released. 

The car that collided with the utility pole came to rest alongside the northbound lanes of Rt. 3 just north of Hanover Road.