Wreck knocks out power

A new power pole, orange caution cones, police tape and a downed street sign mark the location at the intersection of South 9th and Slaughter streets of an accident Wednesday night. Power was knocked out for hours. Mayfield police said the driver fled the scene prior to police arriving.

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

Mayfield police are investigating a Wednesday night accident that knocked out power to some Mayfield residents for hours and in which a driver reportedly fled the scene.

About 9:30 p.m., a 2005 Chrysler 300 struck a utility pole at the intersection of South Ninth and Slaughter streets, Mayfield police Sgt. Trevor Webb said. The utility pole was sheered at the ground and hanging by the tension line when officers and the Mayfield-Graves County Emergency Medical Service arrived at the scene.

A man was seen getting out of the car and running away before police arrived, Webb said.

Mayfield Electric and Water Systems workers came to the scene and immediately began working to restore power. About 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the utility pole was repaired, and traffic on South Ninth Street was able to resume as normal.