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Drivers and passengers: What to do if you crash into an electricity pole


January 17th, 2018

"The first advice is simple: stay put and call for help. The best thing you can do is stay in your car."

Hydro-Québec will be updating its website following a horrific accident that left a woman facing amputation of four limbs to save her life.

“It’s a very sad story,” Hydro-Québec spokesperson Jonathan Côté said Wednesday. “One that reminds us of the dangers of electricity.”

Following Sabryna Mongeon’s freak accident, Hydro officials realized their website is missing safety information on what to do if you crash into an electricity pole.

“The first advice is simple: stay put and call for help. The best thing you can do is stay in your car,” Côté said. “Unless there’s a fire. It’s far more dangerous to get out than to stay there.”

Car tires act as insulation, which is why it’s important to stay inside until emergency crews arrive and it has been confirmed that the power has been cut off, Côté explained.

The most important thing is to avoid touching the ground and the vehicle at the same time,” he said. “Electricity likes to find the quickest way to the ground. If a wire is touching the car and you touch the car and the ground at the same time, you become the conductor of electricity.”


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Posted on January 17th, 2018