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UPDATE: Power restored after car hits transformer box


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It was a car accident that, at first sight, makes you think the worst, but the crash on West Frontage Road Friday afternoon turned out much better than it looked. 

A typical Friday afternoon quickly turned into a day some will never forget.

"I was just inside working," said Tom Lorimor, an employee at Haley Comfort Systems, "and all of a sudden we lost power and there was just a large bang."

That large bang was a car losing control on West Frontage Road, going over a curb, crashing into a transformer and landing upside down.

Tom was feet away from where the car landed.

"Immediately went over to the car to see if the person was still in it. Tried to open the front door and couldn't get that, it was wedged shut. Grabbed ahold of the back door and pulled it open and a dog came out, a black lab."

The lab would be fine, but the driver of the car at the time was still in danger, with flames surrounding the car.

"We're putting the fire out on the back-side of the car because we had at least a 10-foot line of flames from the sidewalk to where the car laid from the impact."

Rochester Police and Fire soon arrived, and they also received some help from someone at the right place at the right time.

"There was also an individual who luckily just purchased a fire extinguisher at Menards and was a passer-by," explains Lieutenant Tom Kasse with the Rochester Police Department, "and actually helped extinguish the flames."

Those on the scene would consider the driver lucky to come away with non-life threatening injuries.

"It had to be a pretty dramatic roll of the car," says Lorimor, "as he went over that transformer and came down."

But the driver is ok, thanks to some quick thinking to keep things from getting much worse.

Rochester Public Utilities crews were on the scene shortly after the crash took place to bring back power to the surrounding businesses.

They had a new transformer in place shortly before 6:00 PM Friday and power was restored soon after.

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