Oregon Driver Trying to Avoid Possum Hits Power Pole

August 11, 2011

Oregon State Police say a 22-year-old Newberg woman tells them she was trying to avoid hitting a possum on Oregon Highway 224 when she lost control of her car and struck a power pole, cutting electrical power to about 75 nearby residences.

Lt. Gregg Hastings says the stretch of highway in the Carver area southeast of Portland was closed for about three hours after the Monday night crash.

The crash brought electrical lines down on Caitlin Golden’s car as well as the highway. She was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel.

Hastings says he doesn’t know what happened to the possum.

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