Driver Strikes Utility Pole at Ashland and Pine

ComEd is currently working to restore service to the affected area.

A woman crashed her car into a utility pole near the intersection of Ashland and Pine earlier this morning. Lieutenant Bill Wright says the woman was driving southbound on Ashland when her vehicle veered into the northbound lane (for an unknown reason). According to Wright, the woman swerved out of the way to avoid hitting an oncoming driver. Her transit was stopped by a utility pole, which she split in half, knocking down live wires in the process.

Despite the dangerous situation, the driver was able to climb from the wreckage and wait nearby as help arrived. Wright says she was generally unharmed from the accident.

Ashland is still closed from Maple to Ridge Road. ComEd trucks are currently working to repair the pole and restore power. Other utilities that might be affected include AT&T and Comcast services.

Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Ok that explains the power outage this morning on this beautifully clear day. Hope the driver is ok.
Ernie Souchak July 12, 2012 at 01:47 PM
The speed limit on Ashland is 30 mph. With that damage to the pole, can anyone tell me that she was only going 30? Especially considering southbound traffic there is going uphill, which should have helped slow the vehicle. Probably no way that texting or other distracted driving could be involved!
babyboomer July 12, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Yes, I am sure she was going faster than 30; avoiding another car????
Cait July 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
im here to let you all know her phone fell under her gas peddle nd she was trying to watch the road and move it at the same time and it got so stuck under she took her eye off the road for a minute and as we all know it only takes a minute for anything to happen. also she had her seat belt on and was going the speed limit so take your fbi questioning else where !
Cait July 13, 2012 at 04:47 AM
i thought id be curtious nd also let you fellow neighboors of homewood know she was going to get formula for her 3 month old child ! also 5 years ago there was an accident with that same pole except the car did a 180 nd spun out leaving the pole a little cracked so half ass comEd bandaged it therefore a car going the speed limit could take it out in the blink of an eye as you all saw. please keep your negative assuming comments off of here. thanks (:
jiovani July 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
ignorant ppl always add their own twist to the story as if they were there to even talk about it. news flash-accidents happen everyday && wrong doing isnt always the reason. even the reporter was wrong bc there was no cars in the road. soo for all you ppl making youre own assumptions sayin Carlye was speeding and/or texting .. thats bs, stop trying to start ish
Sean July 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM
First of all, why is her phone even out while she's driving? Secondly, there was another car out on the road that she had to avoid when she swerved into the other lane and almost killed her. It's irrelevant where she was going (i.e. to pick up formula, etc. -- who cares? She also told people on the scene that she was going to an exercise class not to buy formula). If she has an infant that young, she shouldn't be endangering her own life driving with a phone. The negative comments are justified as it was her fault, plain and simple. It could have been totally avoided and her actions are not to be defended. The other driver she supposedly "tried" to avoid was not at fault at all. Furthermore I am qualified to comment on this as I witnessed the accident. It was also the Payroll Manager for my company that almost got hit. Negative comments are also justified for the rest of you that can't spell, etc.
Cait July 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM
This is the driver... i never told anyone i was going to exercise class so please get your story correct because i dont even exercise. The man who helped me after i thankfully got out of the car told me i was in nothing but in shock and confusion. This is my first accident and ive been a driver for 7 years, let me add in ive had a phone for 9 years and its always been with me in the car. It was an accident that happens everyday. I do believe your a grown man that should have the decency to be more worried that nobody was hurt or vise versa other cars or damage to houses werent done ! I cant believe anyone would have negative comments, i almost died and left my son without a mother. this accident wasnt caused from drugs, drinking, speeding or being on my phone.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I am the reporter, and, as you can see in the article, the information is attributed to Homewood Fire Lieutenant Bill Wright—a very reliable and credible local source.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
jiovani, Your above comment was deleted because it was in violation of our terms of use. I encourage you to post again, but without the profanity.
SouthSide July 18, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Thank God no one else was involved in the accident.


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