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Major Power Outage Caused By One-Vehicle Crash

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  Original Published: 9/5/2013

In Ashland County a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to about 4,600 customers, including Ashland University, Ashland Fire Department and the Municipal Court.

The accident occurred just after 12 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, Loris Simmons, 77, was driving southbound on North Davis Road when he suddenly stopped at the parking lot of the entrance of Bob Evans.

Witnesses told authorities Simmons was slumped over the wheel of his SUV. The vehicle then began to roll, struck a utility pole, went downhill, rolled and struck some pine trees along the U.S. 42 bypass.

Simmons was transported to Ashland Samaritan Hospital where he pronounced dead. Authorities believe he may have died of natural causes prior to the accident.

Power was restored to the area just before 3 p.m.

   
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