Crash involving power lines shuts down Rt. 84 for hours near Savanna, Illinois

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 3:39 PM CDT
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SAVANNA, Ill. (KWQC) - A busy highway in Carroll County had to be closed for several hours after a crash brought down multiple power lines.

It happened just after 1 a.m. Tuesday on Illinois Route 84 about a mile south of Savanna.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said 25-year-old Luke Pharis of Fulton was southbound when he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, and struck a utility pole. Deputies said he left the scene.

Then, the driver of a semi approached the area and unaware of the crash, struck low-hanging electrical wires, according to deputies.

That caused multiple power poles to collapse onto the highway. The driver of the semi, 57-year-old Troy Hook of Morrison, was not hurt.

Pharis was located and taken to a local hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to deputies.

The highway was closed for several hours while crews worked to repair the power lines and replace the poles. Several properties in the area were without power and internet service for several hours during repairs.

No charges have been filed and the crash is still being investigated.

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