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Police: Truck takes out power pole, hits home's porch

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 10:00 a.m. CST

(MCT) — BLOOMINGTON — John Lanier was reading while his wife, Amanda, slept about 11 p.m. Thursday when what sounded like an explosion rattled their home at 1123 E. Grove St., Bloomington.

“We heard this crash,” she said.

“It sounded like a bomb went off,” he added. “The house shook a little.”

It wasn’t an explosion. It was a pickup truck that apparently sheared off a power pole a couple of blocks away on Washington Street, hit the Laniers’ porch and then struck another utility pole in front of the Lanier home before finally stopping, police said.

The driver was arrested and taken to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, but additional information wasn’t available early today.

After hearing the noise, John Lanier ran downstairs and looked out. He saw the pickup truck backing up after it had hit the front porch steps of his two-story home.

The truck backed down the driveway into the intersection of State and Grove, Lanier said. Apparently trying to get away, the driver gunned the engine and lurched forward, plowing squarely into the utility pole in front of the house, he said.

“He looked like he was trying to get away, but I wouldn’t let him leave,” Lanier said, adding he was afraid the truck, which was leaking fluids, would catch fire. “I yelled at him to shut off the engine.”

The driver remained in the truck until police arrived, Lanier said. Later the driver was seen sitting in the back of a squad car before he was taken to the hospital.

Although police were reconstructing the incident early today, it appears the truck struck the power pole on Washington Street near Perrin Avenue, continued west on Washington about half a block and then turned south on State Street for two blocks before crossing Grove into the Lanier driveway. Police confirmed one vehicle was responsible for both incidents.

On Washington, a splintered stump about a foot or so tall stuck up out of the ground across the street from Washington Elementary School. The wooden pole was lying across the westbound lane of the street, and power lines sagged overhead.

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