One person injured, power lines downed in crash in Lawrence

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Post last updated at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, March 17:

A person was injured in a one-vehicle crash in southeastern Lawrence Saturday night that also took out some power lines.

A reporter at the scene observed one vehicle off the side of the road in the area of East 31st Street just west of Haskell Avenue. Passersby had reported the vehicle off in the marsh area between the street and nearby Kansas Highway 10, Kevin Joles, division chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said via email Sunday morning.

The vehicle had been traveling eastbound in the 1400 block of East 31st Street when it left the roadway, knocking down a sign and power pole, George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, said via email Sunday morning.

The man was taken to an area hospital by LDCFM. Deputies are investigating the driver, a 57-year-old Kansas City, Kansas man, for suspected driving under the influence, Diepenbrock said.

Evergy’s outage map showed more than 900 customers without power in the area of Prairie Park, largely between Haskell Avenue and O’Connell Road, as far north as 23rd Street and as far south as Kansas Highway 10, around 11 p.m. It was not yet clear when the power outage would be resolved, but a crew had been assigned to work on it, the map indicated. By 11:20 p.m., the map indicated that power remained out for just a couple dozen customers.

The red pin on the map below shows the approximate location of the crash where first responders were working. They were closing 31st Street in both directions around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, according to emergency radio reports.

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