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Crash causes small brush fire, 1 injured

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Updated: 1/20 8:34 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- It took JEA crews more than five hours to repair damaged power lines and replace a utility pole after a pickup truck crashed into it causing a small brush fire along County Road 210.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Larry Evans, 71, was driving westbound on Couny Road 210 in a 2007 Toyota Tundra when he lost control. A 7-year-old boy was also in the truck.

One passenger was transported to Baptist South in Jacksonville with minor injuries.

The brush fire was quickly controlled by St. Johns County Fire Rescue and was estimated to have burned a quarter of an acre.

"A vehicle struck a power line, broke the power line caused the lines to hit the ground, which energized the ground. At that time we saw there was energize on the front lines on the ground. All the occupants were out of the vehicle at that time," said Capt. Andrew O'Quinn.

According to the FHP, the crash happened around 4 p.m. No word on what caused Evans to lose control.

One of the witnesses who took pictures moments after the impact spoke about the chaotic scene for the first time.

"When I rolled up, the brush was already pretty much engulfed. You can see the smoke from a mile away," said Joshua Phillips.

According to Phillips, firefighters urged onlookers to step away because they feared the car might explode.

JEA was called to the scene to repair the power lines. According to O'Quinn, JEA had to cut off power to a grid of about one square mile for firefighters to battle the flames. The power was turned back on about 20 to 30 minutes later.

O'Quinn says the Florida Forest Service monitored the area to make sure the hot spots did not flare up.
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