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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Press Release – Two Power Pole Collisions Leave Residents in Dark

Two separate power pole collisions occurred this past week leaving some Blaine County, Idaho residents without electricity for various amounts of time.

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at approximately 4:00 a.m., deputies from the Ketchum Police Divison of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Sage Road in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum, Idaho. Deputies discovered a power pole hanging over the hood of a 2020 Chevy Malibu on the north side of the road with power lines dangling five feet above the road. The driver was not in the vehicle or at the scene when deputies arrived. Officers shut down the road for public safety and proceeded to investigate the crash.
Warm Springs Power Pole 2


The driver was identified as Laura Elizabeth Accinelli, age 66 of Oakland, California. After investigation, Accinelli was cited with Driving Under the Influence, I.C. 18-8004, a misdemeanor and released. The vehicle sustained substantial damages and was towed from the scene. As a result of the crash, a power outage occurred in several neighborhoods in Warm Springs and west Ketchum. 


A second power outage resulted from a separate crash that occurred on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m. when a grey 2016 Volvo struck a power pole off the southbound shoulder of Highway 75, just south of Deer Creek Road, north of Hailey, Idaho. The power pole broke off in the crash was suspended by the power lines. None of the power lines were disconnected. The driver, Arthur F. Oppenheimer, age 73 of Boise, Idaho, and his passenger, Esther B. Oppenheimer, also age 73 of Boise, Idaho, were both wearing their seatbelts and were not injured in the collision. The vehicle sustained substantial damage. For public safety, Idaho Power needed to turn the power off to certain Hailey areas for several hours for repairs. Idaho Power personnel estimated the cost to repair the power pole would be approximately $20,000. No citations were issued.Deer Creek Power Line Crash 

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted January 6, 2020 @  3:30 pm

CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536    End.### 


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