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Crash with downed powerlines in Slinger, WI as driver rescued from vehicle | By Joseph Cashin

January 6, 2024 – Slinger, WI – Authorities in Slinger and Washington County, WI are looking into an accident where the operator of a vehicle was trapped by heavy tree branches after crashing into a cluster of trees and a power utility pole.
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Information below has been released from the Slinger Police Department. Photos from the scene show the utility pole and the trees snapped in half.

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On January 05, 2024, at 4:16 pm, the Slinger Police Department along with our partners from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 600 block of E. Washington Street for a single vehicle crash.
Upon arrival, Officers located a vehicle on private property that crashed into a cluster of cedar trees and a power utility pole. The operator of the vehicle was trapped by heavy tree branches blocking the doors.
Officers acted quickly and utilized a borrowed chainsaw from a neighbor. Officers cut the tree branches and removed the driver from the vehicle. The operator was taken to a safe location. It was later found that a second power pole across the street from the crash scene was damaged due to the impact tension on the wires.
Due to the damaged utility poles, and fear of the poles falling into traffic lanes, Highway 175 was shut down for several hours until Hartford Electric and WE Energies utility crews could render the poles and power lines safe.
The roadway was fully opened at 1:28 am. The driver was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. This crash is still under investigation, however preliminary information supports driver impairment may have caused the crash.
We would like to thank our partners from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Slinger Fire Department, LifeStar, Hartford Electric and WE Energies.

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