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Car Hits Power Pole, Closes Yosemite Springs Parkway

COARSEGOLD — A single vehicle accident on Yosemite Springs Parkway forced the closure of the road for several hours this afternoon after live power lines fell into the roadway.

Just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, Nolan Griffith, 23, of Coarsegold was eastbound on the Parkway in a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, when he lost control of the vehicle, which spun across both lanes of traffic, overturned into some large rocks on the north side of the road, and uprooted a power pole. There was also damage to an adjacent fence.

With live power lines lying the roadway, CHP, Cal Fire and Madera County Fire responded to close down the road. PG&E arrived about an hour later, and began repairs to the pole.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle, and suffered minor injuries, according to CHP. He was transported by Sierra Ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment.

The driver’s family says a tire blew out on the Hyundai, causing Griffith to lose control. The accident remains under investigation by CHP, who had no further details as to the cause at this time.

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