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Hundreds of Oklahoma City residents lose power after officer crashes into pole

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Hundreds of residents were without power in northeast Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning.

Authorities say a police officer veered off the road near Bryant and Wilshire and crashed a patrol car into a power pole.

Luckily, that officer was not hurt.

More than 600 people lost their power, including nearby resident Jeff Martin.

"Heard a loud crash, almost kind of a pop kind of sound," said Martin. "We looked outside the window; we could hear a horn beeping. Then shortly after that, we could see sparks flying from the downed power lines."

According to OG&E, when the first pole went down, it created a domino effect and took four others with it.

Each one of those poles had to be repaired.

"He got out pretty quick, so it appeared that he wasn't hurt. I don't know how fast he was going, but it would be hard not to be shaken up some," said Martin.

Martin said the abrupt stop at Bryant and Wilshire can be dangerous.

"If you don't see the sign and you're kind of coming over a hill and approaching the stop sign, and if you're not really familiar with it or tuned in to what you're doing, you could easily end up off over there," said Martin.

A warning for drivers, and even the police.

"I'm thankful for the officers. We see them patrolling this area, I'm glad they're out there," said Martin.

The Oklahoma City Police Department says the crash is under investigation.

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