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May 18, 2012 > Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

Submitted By AP Wire Service

WINONA, Minn. (AP), Mar 16 - A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona.

Police say Travers DeWitte inadvertently stepped on the gas when a sneeze erupted, sending his vehicle across an intersection, up a curb and into a guy wire attached to a power pole.

The crash snapped the cable, which flew up and severed a power line, cutting service to about 1,300 Xcel Energy customers Wednesday. Police tell the Winona Daily News (http://bit.ly/w9GCtX ) that sparks from the broken line ignited a small grass fire which quickly burned itself out. Power was later restored.

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Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

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