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Porter Police: NIPSCO pole snapped in hit-and-run

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A hit-and-run motorist snapped a NIPSCO pole early this morning on Wagner Road, knocking out power to a wide swath of customers, Porter Police was reporting.

According to police, at 3:24 a.m. a motorist northbound on Wagner Road left the roadway to the east near Lincoln Street, just north of the Amtrak grade-crossing, then struck the NIPSCO pole, sheering it off at the ground. The pole itself remained upright but listing, supported by the wires themselves. “It took some kind of force to do that,” Lt. John Lane told the Chesterton Tribune.

The driver then continued northbound at least as far as Rankin Street, where Lane recovered debris.

Meanwhile, the crash “knocked out power to a large section of town,” Lane said. As of 10:15 a.m. today an undetermined number of customers was still in the dark. As of deadline today, a NIPSCO spokesperson had not returned a call from the Tribune

The debris recovered by Lane matches a Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck, 2014-18, dark gray in color. It’s also possible that the truck’s owner painted an area near the vehicle’s driving lights white.


Posted 4.12.2919




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