North Bryan Co. schools closed Tuesday after crash causes power outage

Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 7:11 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2022 at 4:37 PM EDT
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PEMBROKE, Ga. (WTOC) - Power is back on for hundreds of people in Pembroke after a driver crashed into two poles carrying major power lines.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, shutting down roads and impacting nearby schools

The outage forced schools in Bryan County’s north end to close for the day affecting thousands of students and their families.

The outage turned out the lights for more than 200 customers in Pembroke’s northern areas including Bryan County Elementary and the Middle/High School.

Law enforcement says the driver was traveling on route 119 enroute to Fort Stewart when they struck the two poles. Investigators said that early morning tiredness and speed may have played a role in the crash.

Crews did shut down a portion of route 119 but the roadway has reopened.

Students who live near where it happened say the driver appeared to get up after crash as they tried to flag them away from sparking power lines.

“You just heard this loud boom noise from where the person had hit the pole. It was completely snapped in half. There were crackling noises from when the transformer blew, obviously. But we were just in the complete dark until about 11:30 today,” Bryan County High School senior Stacy Callahan said.

The driver was taken to the hospital with injuries.

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