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Crews work to fix lines downed by suspected drunk driver

By Monica Hernandez - bio | email | twitter

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - All lanes of a major Jackson intersection are back open after nine and a half hours of clean-up.

Jackson police said 31-year-old Samuel Johnson was drunk we he hit a power pole, and another pole supporting it,, just after midnight Wednesday.

 The wreck caused power lines to fall, knocking power out to 61 customers in the area, according to Entergy.

Police directed traffic while Entergy crews worked to fix the power poles and downed power lines.

Area traffic lights were also out. Police shut down all Southbound lanes of Medgar Evers just after the I-220 exit, and all Westbound lanes of Northside Drive at Medgar Evers while crews worked to restore power, causing some morning traffic tie-ups in the area.

Police said no other cars were involved. They Johnson was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, and arrested for DUI.

Hours after the wreck, Entergy workers said a garbage truck drove through the area, ripping down a power line. The lines were no longer live, but it caused more headaches for Entergy workers.

Pieces of Johnson's windshield were strewn across the area, and sand covered spilled fuel from his green 1999 Ford Mustang.

After Entergy repaired the poles, Comcast Cable, AT&T, and a fiber optic company also worked to fix their lines.

The roads were re-opened around 9:45 am.

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