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Sneeze Causes Accident That Knocks Out Power

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona, according to a report in the Winona Daily News.

Police say Travers DeWitte inadvertently stepped on the gas when a sneeze erupted, sending his vehicle across an intersection, up a curb and into a guy wire attached to a power pole.

The crash snapped the cable, which flew up and severed a power line, cutting service to about 1,300 Xcel Energy customers Wednesday.

Police tell the Winona Daily News that sparks from the broken line ignited a small grass fire which quickly burned itself out.

Power was later restored.

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