Two-car accident takes out power in downtown Clinton
Two vehicles wrecked Monday night in Clinton, and city crews spent the better part of three hours getting power restored in the city.
The wreck happened around 8 p.m. at West Main and Peachtree Streets. Initial reports said one person was killed, but authorities said no fatality was reported. Social media shots from the scene showed massive damage to both vehicles, and there were claims at least one vehicle was running 70 mph in the 35 residential zone close to the heart of Clinton.
“Please try to avoid West Main Street and Bell Street. There has been a vehicle accident. Please try to avoid this area. Crews are working to have power restored. Please be patient as we are working on the situation,” the City of Clinton’s first advisories said Monday night.
“City crews are getting ready to energize the power from the sub-station. If you see any smoke or issues please call the police department immediately. Please stay away from any power poles or lines until power has been restored.”
A Red Cross shelter was set up at First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, for anyone affected by the power outage. A later city advisory said utility crews went house to house to turn the electricity back on.
Robin Morse, director of Clinton Public Safety, said early Tuesday that authorities had not been notified about a fatality from the two-vehicle wreck. One person reportedly was air-medivaced to Greenville, and another person was taken to the Laurens County Memorial Hospital.