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Woman inside SUV when utility pole falls onto it

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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A utility pole snapped and fell into the front windshield of a vehicle, narrowly missing the driver Wednesday night.

Bridget Butler was traveling eastbound in the 4600 block of Sharon when the pole came crashing down on the SUV. A neighbor who came out of her home after hearing the crash told Butler to stay in the vehicle, fearing the live wire would electrocute her if she walked away from the SUV.

"As bad as my heart wanted to help her out, I didn't even go close to her truck," said eyewitness Carrie Johnson.

Butler said, "I did exactly what she said, and she saved my life."

Utility crews arrived on the scene and cut the power out. Nearly half a dozen homes lost power. Butler was shaken up, but escaped from the SUV with only a few cuts to her hand.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they have complained to Center Point Energy about the leaning power poles. CenterPoint is investigating the incident.

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