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Wreck, Limbs Block Ponce, Knock Out Power

Georgia Power says 387 customers lost power at midday Thursday.

Two separate incidents -- A wreck and downed tree limbs -- caused power outgages and blocked streets on both ends of Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur at midday Thursday.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Georgia Power spokesman Mark Williams said 387 customers in and around Decatur were without power. He said crews were working and that power would be restored in a couple of hours.

A car struck a light pole near coffee shop during the lunch hour, knocking out power in the area and blocking West Ponce.

Decatur police said the driver was taken to an area hospital. The driver's name and condition were not immediately available.

About 2 p.m., a wrecker removed the damaged car and traffic flowed again. The coffee shop and nearby businesses were not damaged.

A tree limb fell onto a transformer over East Ponce around midday Thursday, closing the street from Glendale Avenue to Glennwood Elementary.

Glenwood Elementary said in a 2 p.m. email that Power wss out in the area, but power was on at Glennwood Elementary.

The school said all Glennwood Elementary students were safe but that bus routes 51 and 52 will be delayed. Bus routes to the 4/5 Academy also would be affected.

CJM August 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The last time I was downtown I was shocked at how fast some people drive down West Ponce. An accident was inevitable. There will be more.
SEH August 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
A man nearly slammed into me head on in the parking lot at Dancing Goats yesterday at 5 o'clock because he was flying through the parking lot trying to get to a Yoga Class. Go figure. Thank God for the angel who got squished instead of me!
CD August 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Up here at East Ponce the speed limit is 30 and cars are driving over 40. On top of that, the cyclists are inconsiderate and ride towards the middle, so to avoid getting close to them, drivers veer to other side. A head on collision is waiting to happen because the cyclists have right of way over cars.
Ms. August 31, 2012 at 02:04 AM
There are sewer grates and massive potholes and road fractures (not always visible from a car) that make it impossible for riders to consistently stay on the right on Ponce.
CD August 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM
That is understandable. I ride a bike also, but I do respect the rules of the road and most of all, cars. They will always win. What I also notice is low tree growth extending out onto the road and sidewalk. While riding, you either have to duck or veer out to avoid getting smacked in the head by low tree growth. Also, the same for walking on the sidewalk, I'm 6' and have to duck all the time to avoid eye injury. Home owners should take some time to prune up their trees.

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