Van left running crosses yard, street, strikes power pole

Van left running crosses yard, street, strikes power pole
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An unoccupied car left running Friday struck a power pole and left a home without power briefly, according to a news release.

The Monroe Police Department said a minivan was left running in gear at 5:04 p.m. near the entrance to a business in the 1200 block of Second Street. The unoccupied van rolled froward, crossed the yard of the business, crossed Second Street and struck a utility pole, knocking it over.

Police said the collision caused a nearby power transformer to shut down, leaving one residence without power. The power was restored by Alliant Energies about 50 minutes later, according to the report. There was significant damage to the vehicle and power pole, and no one was injured.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

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