Accident on North Grand Avenue leaves street closed

Car drove into utility pole on Northwest Turner Drive; no one was injured



Car accident on N Grand Ave. leaves students stuck on stalled bus and one utility line down.

SANDI KOBIESA, Multimedia editor

An elementary school bus stalled as a result of a car accident on Thursday, closing North Grand Avenue between Northeast Stadium Way and Larry Street. No students or the driver on the bus were injured, as well as the driver that hit the utility pole.

The Pullman Police Department hopes to open the street within half an hour, said Operations Cmmdr. Aaron Breshears.

“Avista is on site right now working on the lines. The utility pole that was knocked down appears to be a sub-line, not the main line. The wire that was hanging down was the wire that feeds to the street lights up the street,” he said.

At 3:15 p.m., silver Chrysler drove off the road and hit a utility line on North Grand Avenue and Northwest Turner Drive, pulling down electric wires, Breshears said.

“Across the road, a Garfield-Palouse school bus was heading south bound on their way to a basketball game, stopped abruptly to avoid the power lines that fell down and ended up with the bus stalled in the road way,” Breshears said.

The bus stalling does not appear to be part of the accident. The abrupt stop seems to have stalled the bus, he said.