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Neighborhood Reacts To Car Crash

May 11, 2014, 10:03 PM by Leland Steva

Neighborhood Reacts To Car Crash
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A car crash snapped high-voltage power poles like they were toothpicks. Sioux Falls Police say the fiery crash is the result of a 15-year-old speeding near Falls Park after he'd been drinking.

Crews are out this afternoon picking up the splintered wood after a driver took out power poles along Weber Avenue. Brian Gibbens lives just blocks away from the crash.

"Lights flickered and then my mom's oxygen tank shut off and then turned back on I was like, woah something bad happened," Brian Gibbens said.

Police say just after midnight, officers patrolling the area found the vehicle rolled over and on fire. The officers were able to pull the 15-year-old out of the vehicle and sent him to a hospital.

"It was kind of chaotic. They had the telephone poles that was busted. They had cop cars and fire trucks and ambulances going crazy everywhere," Gibbens said.

Despite the severity of the crash, the boy suffered just minor injuries. It caused several homes and businesses to lose power for up to four hours. Today, crews were busy installing new poles. 

While police suspect the crash was caused by speeding, Gibbens says drivers are consistently above the speed limit on Weber Avenue.

"There's so many people that travel up and down Weber so fast and erratic so something else has to be done with it. Maybe more patrol, stop signs put in, or stoplights, something," Gibbens said.

Gibbens hopes that this crash that caused so much damage can serve as a wakeup call for people to slow down on the road.

The 15-year-old is charged with D-W-I, reckless driving, and for not having a license or wearing a seatbelt.

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