Leesburg, GA (WALB) – A woman who ran her SUV into a utility pole caused a lot of traffic delays and power outages in Leesburg this morning.
Georgia Power crews and Leesburg police were at the intersection of Highway 19 and Park Street for eight hours replacing the broken utility pole. Just after midnight, 20 year old Savannah Hodge crashed into the pole.
She told police she fell asleep at the wheel.
She wasn't hurt but power lines went crashing to the ground and about fifty homes and businesses were without power. Highway 19 from downtown Leesburg to Robert B. Lee was closed from 12:30 to 8:30 Tuesday morning. It caused long lines of traffic as people waited to take alternate routes to school and work.
"I mean the young girl could have gotten hurt really badly," said Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore. "And if it had been during school hours or the afternoon it could have been a whole lot worse. But it being early in the morning and y'all broadcasting it for us telling everyone to use alternate routes, really helped us out a lot."
The Chief said they were having a problem with people driving around traffic cones and road closure signs during the ordeal.
They warn drivers to pay attention to signs, don't ignore them. They are there for your safety and the safety of repairmen.