Man injured when SUV hits tree, takes out power line

The lights went out for some Victoria residents Sunday night after an SUV struck a utility pole, taking down a major power line in the area, then crashed into a tree.

George Garcia had just opened his door when he saw a black vehicle crash into a tree about three doors down.

"It was like lightning," Garcia said. "I saw sparks flying everywhere."

The 1988 black Dodge struck the pole at about 10:30 p.m. on the corner of East Loma Vista Street and North East Street.

"The power line fell and hit the ground," Garcia said. He added the noise from the crash wreck kept his daughters up past their bedtimes.

The Victoria Police Department and the Victoria Fire Department secured the area, surrounding the live electric power line that had fallen out of place.

The 29-year-old man driving the vehicle suffered facial injuries and was transported to Citizens Medical Center, said Sgt. Adam Nieto.

The injured driver left the vehicle after hitting the tree and was identified by officers who found him walking away from the scene.

"We found him a couple blocks east of the accident," Nieto said.

Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, American Electric Power company employees restored power to those affected by the power outage.