Friday Power Outage Root Of Four-Vehicle Wreck, Injury
Driver didn't realize traffic signals were no longer flashing red, according to police.
The wet and heavy snow caused power outages throughout Oak Creek Friday evening, and that contributed to a four-vehicle accident at the intersection of Howell and Ryan.
According to an Oak Creek police report:
Due to an outage, the traffic signals at the intersection were flashing red so that vehicles would treat it as a four-way stop.
Just after 5 p.m., the power came back on and the stoplights went back to operating normally. North/south traffic had a green light and east/west traffic had a red light.
However, the driver of a vehicle on Ryan Road didn't realize the stoplights had switched back and went through a red light. The vehicle hit two cars going northbound on Howell Avenue, and one of those vehicles then pushed into a fourth vehicle turning southbound onto Howell.
The driver of the fourth vehicle, a 27-year-old woman, complained of neck and shoulder pain and had to be extricated by the Oak Creek Fire Department, which removed the driver's side door.
Her vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed.
The extent of her injuries was not known.