OSP: Suspended driver falls asleep, hits pole, starts fire

OSP: Suspended driver falls asleep, hits pole, starts fire

ALBANY, Ore. - Oregon State Police say a man fell asleep and crashed into a power pole, sparking a brush fire just outside Albany.

Troopers say that at about 2:00 p.m., a car being driven by Joseph R. Bagg, 29, of Brownsville, was westbound on Highway 20 when it traveled off the highway, struck a power pole and rolled.

The vehicle landed in the roadside brush after it sheared a power pole.

The live wires dropping into the brush started a fire.

Pacific Power personnel responded to shut off power and Albany Fire Department firefighters controlled and extinguished the fire.

Bagg was not injured in the crash.

He was cited by troopers for driving while suspended, driving uninsured and careless driving.

State police say Bagg fell asleep while he was driving, which led to the crash.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Benton County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT.

The highway was closed for about one hour.

Pacific Power crews will be repairing the damaged pole and wires Monday evening.

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