A two-vehicle high-speed collision injured two people at the intersection of E. University Avenue and SE 43rd Street on Sunday.
According to an Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) release, units responded to the crash at 1:59 p.m.
Upon arrival, ACFR personnel found one vehicle that struck a wooden power pole that broke into three pieces with the bottom portion of the pole on the ground.
Emergency responders transported both patients to local hospitals.
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) dispatched six lineworkers/apprentices, one operator, one line locator and one materials specialist to the scene, according to a GRU email release.
The GRU crew found the power pole snapped in three places. They replaced the 55-foot pole and the transformer required additional repairs. A 25kVA overhead transformer was replaced.
While repairs were being made, 593 customers lost power with 54 customers without power for 9 minutes, 11 seconds; 528 without for four hours, 27 minutes; nine customers without for five hours, 32 minutes; and two customers without seven hours, 27 minutes.
Racing on public streets should severely penalize the driver/owner with license and car taken away permanently. And fines and jail time.
They wasn’t racing just speeding and not paying attention.