Blown tire led to crash that took out power near Huntington on Saturday

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A one-car accident took down a utility pole on North Kings Highway on Saturday morning, closing the road for hours and leaving many without power for part of the day.

The crash happened a little after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Timothy Place, which is about a block from the Huntington Metro station. The driver of the car lost control after a tire blowout caused the vehicle to veer off the road, a Fairfax County Police spokeswoman said Monday. The driver was uninjured, and there were no passengers in the car.

The force of the crash broke a utility pole and knocked out power for some in the surrounding neighborhood. The road remained closed in both directions until after 5 p.m. as Dominion Energy workers installed a new pole and reattached the wires.

The crash marked at least the fourth time in the past year that a utility pole has been brought down by a vehicle in the Huntington/Penn Daw area. In September, a driver had a medical emergency and hit a pole on Richmond Highway. And last January, two accidents in the Huntington area — one on Route 1, and one on Huntington Avenue — damaged poles and left many without power for a significant amount of time.

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