Wreck causes power outage in Cloutierville area

NPSO: “... He stated he was distracted by his cellphone, apparently causing him to lose control of the vehicle ...”

Wreck causes power outage in Cloutierville area
A car struck a utility pole, knocking out electricity to about 76 SWEPCO customers in the Cloutierville area of Natchitoches Parish the afternoon of Dec. 13. (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KSLA) — About 76 SWEPCO customers temporarily are without electricity in the wake of a traffic accident in Natchitoches Parish.

The utility estimates that it should have service restored by 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, according to its website. The outage began at 4:13 p.m.

A car struck a utility pole, knocking out power in the Cloutierville area, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputies say 28-year-old Regis Howard, of Cloutierville, was driving a 2013 Nissan Rogue south on Louisiana Highway 495 when it left the road and struck the pole, according to a Facebook post.

“... He stated he was distracted by his cellphone, apparently causing him to lose control of the vehicle ... .”

Howard was not injured. His vehicle sustained heavy damage.

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