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Single vehicle accident on Route 99 causes transformer fire

A single-vehicle accident on Route 99 in Ellicott City last week caused a transformer attached to a utility pole to catch fire, resulting in power outages and road closures, according to Howard County Police.

Police said the driver of the car, a 2000 Honda Civic, was traveling westbound on the road near the intersection of Raleigh Tavern Lane around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a utility pole, causing the pole to break.

The accident resulted in down power lines and a transformer fire, police said. 

Police said the driver and the passenger, both 20-years-old, of Woodstock, were uninjured and released to family members who arrived at the scene.

Police said speed was not a factor in the collision.

The roadway was cleared around 10:45 a.m. Thursday. 

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