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Downed power lines briefly trap driver in Kent

Bouts of fierce rain and wind created some dangerous conditions on Wednesday night and briefly trapped a woman when live power lines draped across her car. (Photo: KOMO News)

KENT, Wa. - Bouts of fierce rain and wind created some dangerous conditions on Wednesday night and briefly trapped a woman when live power lines draped across her car.

“We just hear a cracking, and a loud, crazy noise. We didn't know what it was,” said Brian Jones, who was waiting his turn in a barbershop at Central Ave. and Willis St. when the weather went wild.

A large tree came loose from a hillside and crashed into some power lines. The tension caused the support pole to snap, and the high-voltage lines came down on the road and across one woman’s car as she tried to drive past.

“They were sparking and stuff at first and you could hear the electricity sound with the boom and everything else," Jones said.

Police told the driver to stay put until the power lines could be de-energized. She remained in her vehicle about a half an hour while workers cleared the lines and fallen branches too.

About seven cars suffered varying degrees of damage, but fortunately no one was hurt.

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