(La Porte County, IN) - A stretch of Johnson Road near Michigan City is completely closed because of a car striking a utility pole this afternoon.
La Porte County Highway Department Superintendent Al Stevens said no traffic is being allowed on Johnson Road from Pahs Road to U.S. 20.
Coolspring Township and other emergency responders were called about 2:30 p.m. on a report of a high voltage power line possibly on the car, which landed upside down beside the pavement after striking the NIPSCO pole.
The pole was broken from the impact of the vehicle.
NIPSCO was also called to the scene to address any safety issues posed by the fallen power line and start the process for making the repairs. So far, no word has been provided on any injuries in the crash, which remains under investigation.
Stevens said it appears Johnson Road might be closed until late tonight or early in the morning judging from what reported by NIPSCO on the upcoming repairs. The broken pole is within a few feet of the pavement.
NIPSCO reports nearly 20 customers were without power as a result of the accident.