Police: Live wires trap mother, 2 children in car

(WJAR)

A woman and her two daughters were trapped after a crash caused live power lines to come crashing down on their car, according to authorities.

Police told NBC 10 News they responded to a report of a pickup truck slamming into a utility pole on Social Street in Woonsocket Friday night, with several wires falling on another car.

Video from the scene shows a green truck with heavy front-end damage, as well as the car covered in wires.

Authorities said the woman and her children were trapped inside for about 30 minutes until the power was shut off.

“The rear door was open upon our arrival, so we were able to comfort the children in the backseat of the vehicle,” Sgt. Ronald Marcos said. “They were upset, you know, crying a little, which is expected for their age. But their mom was right nearby, soothing them.”

Police also said a small fire started inside of the truck, but firefighters quickly put it out. National Grid was at the scene, repairing the pole.

Authorities said the driver suffered a slight head injury, adding that charges might be pending, as police are investigating if the driver was operating under the influence.

Meanwhile, police said the woman and her children drove off uninjured.

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