LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - A car crashed into a light pole and shut down a major thoroughfare in Longview, and it was caught on camera. The car flipped and took down a light pole and power line. And several people ran to the driver’s aid to get her out as the vehicle began to smoke.
About 10:30 Friday morning Longview Police responded to the 1200 block of South High Street on what was initially a jaws call. According to the driver, her vehicle hit the curb and then slammed into a pole. The car landed upside down with the pole dropped onto her car.
Police closed down the entire street when they saw a power line was in the road. Directly across the street the Save More Beauty Supply’s security cameras captured the wreck on camera.
Wajdi Qasem and his manager were working and heard the crash from inside the building.
“We ran to the car and made sure there is no smoke. It started smoking,” Qasem said.
They tried, but couldn’t get her out the driver’s side door.
“We’d gone to the other side. We couldn’t see her because the car’s upside down and she had lots of things in her car. And the smoke started coming up from inside and outside,” Qasem relayed.
He and his boss couldn’t open the passenger door but were able to get the driver out of a side window before first responders arrived. He said she didn’t have much to say.
“She got shock. She did not say anything, you know. It’s a big accident for her,” Qasem stated.
They walked her away from the car and helped her sit down on the edge of the sidewalk. And then they noticed the car:
“Start smoking a little bit and it started smoking again. So that’s when they got the fire extinguisher and did it just to make sure nothing happened, you know?”
Wajdi used quite a bit of an extinguisher on the underside of the car to:
“Make sure there was no fire,” he said.
And moments later first responders arrived on scene. He says he kept the smoke down:
“Until the fire department took care of it,” Qasem said.
Police then closed down the street until SWEPCO showed up to take care of the downed power line.
“I hope she is fine you know? That’s the important thing,” Qasem added.
A block of South High Street was shut down for about an hour and a half while first responders, SWEPCO and a wrecker could get the road cleared and safe for travel.
The driver had some cuts and bruises, but declined being taken to the hospital by ambulance. Her husband arrived on scene and took her home.
The Longview Fire Department and the Longview police are on the scene of a wreck involving a car that hit a power pole Thursday morning in the 1200 block of South High Street.
The car flipped and end up on its roof with the power pole on top of it.
First responders are waiting on SWEPCO to shut down the power.
The driver tells KLTV’s Jamey Boyum she was driving south on High Street when she hit the curb and slammed into the pole. The driver was able to get out of the car.