Crash on Bloomingdale Road knocks out power

BLOOMINGDALE, GA (WTOC) - Officers are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in a crash early Wednesday morning that sent a car airborne and left some Pooler residents without power.

The wreck happened just after 3 a.m. on northbound Bloomingdale Road near Interstate 16.

Officers said the driver was traveling so fast on Bloomingdale Road that he lost control, hit a utility pole, and sent the car went airborne into the nearby woodline.

The wreck knocked out power in the area, where residents initially thought a transformer blew.

When Georgia State Patrol arrived, they found a Jeep Cherokee on its roof and a disoriented driver. The driver told authorities there was a passenger in his vehicle at the time of the crash. After searching with a canine and using infrared for several hours in the area, they suspended the search.

"He was going high rate of speed hit telephone pole went in the tree line and flipped," said trooper Josh Riddle. "One person was injured. We're investigating right now if they were possibly intoxicated."

There is no word yet on the driver's condition.

Georgia Power worked to repair the utility pole.

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