A single car accident Saturday morning on Ringgold Road sent two people to the hospital, knocked power out to a number of businesses and homes and shut down westbound traffic for several hours.
According to Sgt. Scott Butcher of the East Ridge Police Department, the driver of a Pontiac Bonneville lost control while traveling west bound and struck a power pole in the 3300 block of Ringgold Road in front of the American Legion Post 95. The impact of the car splintered the pole, dropping power lines across both lanes of westbound traffic.
The occupants of the vehicle, a man and a woman, were rushed to Erlanger Hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time, officials said.
“That’s the worst crash I’ve seen in a long time,” Sgt. Butcher said while reviewing photos taken at the scene of the 8 a.m. crash.
Sgt. Butcher said crews from EPB responded quickly to the scene. Officials said the downed lines resulted in loss of power at three intersections on Ringgold Road. It also shut down power to a number of homes and businesses in the immediate area.
Police shut down the west bound lanes on Ringgold Road at Germantown Road to reroute traffic around the affected area. East bound traffic was not affected by the traffic accident.
It is not known how long the west bound lanes will be closed.