A Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into a utility pole on Greenleaf Street in Evanston about 1:30 this afternoon.

Fire officials say the driver of the car managed to walk away without injuries from the wreck.

But the accident, which occurred in the block between Grey and Hartrey avenues in west Evanston, left the pole, which carries power for several businesses in the area, broken off from its base and tilted at a sharp angle.

A ComEd truck arrived on the scene about 1:45 p.m. and ComEd’s website said power to the handful of customers affected was expected to be restored by about 4:30 p.m.

Update 3:30 p.m.: Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the driver of the car, a 62-year-old woman from Wilmette, was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Poles taken out

    Anecdotally, it's very bizarre how many poles have been hit in the area since I moved to my current home in this area.

    I was surprised when the same traffic light at Greenleaf and Dodge was taken out twice this summer by vehicles. People do seem to drive quite recklessly all around that area, both on streets and barreling through alleys, thinking they are in the wide open suburbs and not the relatively densely built area that is all of Evanston. I can't believe more pedesrians and bicyclists aren't hit each year. It's a no brainer to take it easy given how many people are around alleyways and side streets.

  2. Drivers know what they are doing ?

    I really have to wonder about drivers.

    Yesterday [1 PM] a NU in a van ran out of gas at Chicago/Univeristy Place light going south and backing up traffic.  I said if he put it in 'Neutral' I'd push him through the light and out of the way.  He insisted it did not have 'neutral.'  I'd never heard of a van with out it so I kept asking and he kept saying it did not even aftter I explained what it was.  Mean while he called what I thought was a tower but instead he called a cab. The cab came but the student had no money on him.

    The cabbie went out of his way to help the student.

    I finally looked in the van and saw 'Neutral' [it was obvious] and told him how to get to it.  He did and I pushed him through the light. 

    It scared me that an NU student would run out of gas, not knew he had 'neutral', call a cab instead of tow truck and in general seemed to have no knowledge of what to do !

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