GREENVILLE — An early morning accident on Sunday led to the closure of M-57 while Consumers Energy replaced a utility pole — leaving some without power.
The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to an accident where a vehicle struck a utility pole at about 12:48 a.m. on Sunday at the corner of E. Washington (M-57) and Maple streets.
According to a press released, the vehicle left the roadway and struck the utility pole causing the pole to break and fall toward the ground.
The driver, a 26-year-old Sheridan resident, was uninjured and exited the vehicle before officers arrived.
An open bottle of intoxicants was found inside the vehicle and the driver was cited for transporting open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, speeding and no proof of motor vehicle insurance.
Director Michael Pousak said the driver was not arrested for drunken driving and was released at the scene with a hearing date scheduled for 8 a.m. on Feb. 8.
Consumers Energy was called to the scene to fix the fallen pole, which caused wires to fall as well.
According to the company’s spokesman Roger Morgenstern, the pole had to be replaced, which involved the company having to turn off the power for some time.
Morgenstern said power was shut off at 3:56 a.m. on Sunday and was restored at about 6:50 a.m.
“The outage affected about 483 customers,” he said.