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Ute smashes light pole – driver does a runner

By johnboy - 19 July 2008 27

Another spectacular accident on Majura Avenue this morning around 5.20am. The driver collected a light pole making a noise no-one ever wants to be woken to.

Neighbours first on the scene saw two men have an argument before doing a runner down a nearby footpath.

Appliances arrived around 5.40. Which was particularly snappy work by the Firies who could see the crash site from their station.

And now I return to bed, it’s still dark out.

Discuss.

UPDATED: 6:58am on a Saturday morning the truck turns up with the replacement light pole! Colour me impressed.

What’s Your opinion?


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27 Responses to
Ute smashes light pole – driver does a runner
plausibly_deniable 11:28 am 20 Jul 08

Some dork in a Falcon did the same thing at 3am on Saturday morning in Duffy – car wasn’t as badly damaged, though, because they drove off, presumably to hide the evidence and sober up. By 9am the ACTEW boys were on the scene, took the bent pole away and put a don’t-electrocute-yourself cover over the hole pending replacement.

Weston Creek has a remnant hoon culture – traffic calming measures on the bigger roads would do some good (or cause more crashes, or both). There’s an idiot with a 1000cc motorcycle who’s going to kill himself on Burrunjuck Crescent one day.

Headbonius 8:11 pm 19 Jul 08

Ant wrote “I’m waiting for all the aggrieved friends and family members to start posting profane and monosyllabic rants at everyone for caring more about a power pole than their saintly relative/acquaintance.”

Well done Ant, one of the most senisble postings you have ever written. Sincerely, well done.

Deadmandrinking 7:54 pm 19 Jul 08

DJ said :

I am waiting for the speed doesn’t kill and drugs aren’t bad responses….

Drug’s aren’t bad, mmmkay.

bd84 5:38 pm 19 Jul 08

Looks like they did an excellent job of it. No doubt drunk.. now have a written off car and a free trip to the polic station once the police caught up with them. No doubt insurance won’t be paying for this one.

Spideydog 5:33 pm 19 Jul 08

ACTEW will always come out fairly promptly when a lightpole/ electricty/traffic light is brought down. They need to make the area safe. Normally only take a couple of days to replace a light pole as well. Instances like these are given high priority, I believe.

ant 5:07 pm 19 Jul 08

That might scare them off, maybe.

bubzie 4:27 pm 19 Jul 08

zomg like power poles are soo replacable, unlike drunk drivers!!1!!

there, happy? 🙂

ant 4:03 pm 19 Jul 08

I’m waiting for all the aggrieved friends and family members to start posting profane and monosyllabic rants at everyone for caring more about a power pole than their saintly relative/acquaintance.

Special G 1:53 pm 19 Jul 08

ACTEW has duty of care. Pole gets smashed out of the ground there are plenty of exposed wires which they are then responsible for.

There was a bloke who put his car into the fence at Yowani golf club the other week and then did a runner as well. Don’t think insurance will cover those ones. Then wait til ACTEW bills the owner for the light pole.

The street trees along there are good for stopping cars.

Loose Brown 9:16 am 19 Jul 08

I am now well and truly sick of this.

Make that five accidents now since I have lived on Majura Ave.

And JB – they are very, very quick at replacing those poles. Last time a young woman smashed into the one outside of my house, ACTEW had it up and out and a new one replaced within days.

I’d be worried if they weren’t so quick – those poles have saved many a house frontage on Majura Ave.

johnboy 8:57 am 19 Jul 08

I’m guessing that if they’re sending a truck out to take the damaged pole away they figure they may as well take the new pole out at the same time.

DJ 8:56 am 19 Jul 08

I am waiting for the speed doesn’t kill and drugs aren’t bad responses….

Thumper 8:56 am 19 Jul 08

Pretty good effort by ACTEW

johnboy 8:55 am 19 Jul 08

DJ said :

Unless you wear a cape or leap from tall building to tall building looking for damsels in distress I am guessing you live nearby?

Just keep that kryptonite away from me!

DJ 7:14 am 19 Jul 08

Unless you wear a cape or leap from tall building to tall building looking for damsels in distress I am guessing you live nearby?

Discuss? Easy. Intoxicants (any or all that come to mind), speed (obviously too much – it kills you know), youth (inexperience… no ‘P’ plate to be seen though). I bet the car was reported stolen AFTER the incident. Hope the first on scene gave Police a good description of the two involved.

Lets all shrug this off as something that could have happened to us all in our respective youth… no sense actually coming up with ways to avoid this happening again.

Appliances? Oh, you must mean Emergency Services.

ACTEW are on the ball most of the time in my experience… plus I bet there was overtime involved too!

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