Idaho Power advises drivers to stay in their vehicle if they are in an accident involving electrical equipment

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The recent snowstorms have created very slippery and hazardous road conditions leading to multiple slide-offs.

Idaho Power told KMVT is you do slide off the road or are involved in a traffic accident that involves any electrical equipment you should always assume it is energized.

Idaho Power spokeswoman Angela Miller said if you do hit a power pole or any electric equipment to stay in your car, don’t get out or approach any downed lines.

She said if someone else approaches your vehicle roll down your window and tell them to stay back and call 911 and provide as much information as possible.

“Don’t assume something has been notified to us on the system, because the more information we can get the faster our response can be,” said Miller. “So, if you are in the country and don’t really know where you’re at give the last known coordinates that you know of, like, maybe you were just at 3900 W, so say that to the dispatcher when you call.”

She added if you are home and a car crashes on your property remain inside and call 911 as well in case there is electrical equipment damaged around your house.

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