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Car crash knocks down power pole, shutting down portion of I-96

The freeway was closed for about an hour and half while crews cleared the power lines.

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A portion of I-96 in Ottawa County was shut down Saturday evening after a car crashed into a power pole, knocking power lines onto the freeway. 

Around 6 p.m., the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash at 40th Avenue and Ironwood Drive. Police said a 19-year-old driver was going too fast and lost control of her vehicle at the curve where 40th Avenue turns into Ironwood Drive. 

The car hit a power pole, breaking it. Power lines were dropped onto the roadway across Ironwood Drive and both sides of I-96 near the 19 mile marker. 

The freeway was shut down to traffic until 7:30 p.m. while crews removed power lines from the freeway. 

An 18-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle was transported to the hospital with a knee injury. The driver and an 18-year-old woman passenger were not injured. 

The Consumers Energy outage map shows that about 750 customers lost power in that area Saturday night. 

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