A single-vehicle wreck on Veterans Parkway in Columbus shortly after noon today has slowed traffic near 7th Street for vehicles moving southbound and at 6th Street for traffic making its way north from Victory Drive.
A Columbus Police lieutenant at the scene said the driver of the vehicle, a male, may have suffered a medical problem possibly causing him to black out at the wheel while headed south on Veterans just after passing 7th Street.
The vehicle left the road, hitting a speed limit sign, came back onto the road then left it again about 110 feet away. The small, tan, two-door car then slammed into a light pole, slicing it in two. The vehicle finally came to rest about 15 feet away from the light pole after crashing into a tree. The tree was knocked down as was the speed limit sign.
Both the driver and a female passenger were transported to The Medical Center, however the police lieutenant at the scene said neither person appeared to have life-threatening injuries.
As of about 1:30 p.m., southbound traffic on Veterans Parkway was being rerouted down 7th Street headed west and vehicles moving north from Victory Drive were being rerouted onto 6th street going both east and west. Because of a low-hanging power line, no traffic was allowed to proceed on Veterans between 6th and 7th Streets.
Georgia Power was on the scene shortly after the crash occurred. A Georgia Power employee said about 1:30 p.m. that a crew was on the way and that it could take about 1 1/2 hours before the issue is fixed. Until then, traffic will continue to be diverted down side streets, so plan on taking an alternate route if you must travel in that area.
Please come back to ledger-enquirer.com later to view pictures from the crash.