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Update: Crash into wires caused area power outage

DARLINGTON — A one-vehicle accident Friday in the Town of Wiota caused the power to go out for several hours in the surrounding area, including South Wayne and Gratiot, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the accident on County D at Porter Road just before 6 p.m. The Wiota Fire Department, Wiota First Response and Argyle EMS assisted at the scene.

The driver, Steven F. Sage, 58, Janesville, had lost control of his 2001 Ford and gone off the road into the ditch before striking wires near a substation owned by Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative.

“The vehicle did not strike the substation itself, but rather struck the guide wire of a pole just outside the substation which snapped off the top of the pole,” said Sheriff Reg Gill.

The resulting power outage in the South Wayne, Gratiot and Wiota area lasted several hours. The season-opening girls basketball game between Black Hawk and Wisconsin Heights at South Wayne was postponed due to the outage.

No injuries were reported from the accident. Sage’s vehicle sustained moderate damage. He was cited for failure to keep vehicle under control and driving without vehicle insurance.