Sneeze Causes Accident That Knocks Out Power

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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  • Ukyou

    I saw this story today and heard the 911 call. It left me wondering about their eililtngence level (not to be mean or I could understand calling 911 if the baby was in some kind of distress or they were, but just because you are lost ?!?!. Well it gave me a good chuckle anyway. BTW, love your blog. Very well put together. I am glad you found my blog and I was able to learn about yours. I look forward to reading your posts!!

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