SPRING HILL — A car struck a power pole in Spring Hill Tuesday morning, knocking down electrical wires and causing the close of a major street for several hours. A school bus scraped the downed live wires, but no one on the bus was hurt.
Travis Brown, the driver of a two-door 1997 Mercury, told authorities that a vehicle swerved into his lane while he drove north on Mariner Boulevard about 10 a.m. To avoid a collision, Brown said, he swerved left, crossing the southbound lanes of Mariner and running into a power pole and an unoccupied van parked in a driveway on the street.
The crash with the pole brought down wires across all lanes of Mariner, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Only moments after the car hit the pole, a Hernando County school bus that was headed north scraped the wires with its roof. FHP said there was no damage to the bus or injuries to the two students onboard. The bus was quickly released to continue its route.
The intersection of Mariner and Killian Street was closed for several hours as the power company worked to repair the wires. The intersection was reopened later in the afternoon, according to the Hernando Sheriff's Office.