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Car hits power pole, knocks out electricity

LEABURG - The driver of a Chevy Tahoe hit a power pole on McKenzie Highway on Wednesday, toppling the pole, knocking out power to more than 700 customers and stopping traffic until the lines could be removed, Oregon State Police said.

Kyle Crawford, 25, of Pleasant Hill, survived the crash with just a broken leg, Trooper Casey Codding said. Crawford was driving west on Highway 126 East shortly before noon when he left the roadway and hit the pole. Crawford had fallen asleep at the wheel, Codding said.

The blue Tahoe rolled down an embankment and came to rest on its roof. Live power lines fell across both lanes of traffic, forcing police to shut the highway for about 45 minutes. Eugene Water & Electric Board customers from Leaburg to Vida were without power while crews replaced the pole, EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson said. Power was expected to be restored by 7 p.m.

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Governor applauds

drug reimbursements

SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski says federal officials are doing the right thing by pledging to reimburse Oregon and other states for emergency prescriptions for seniors who ran into trouble with the new Medicare drug benefit.

Oregon officials say they have fielded 2,200 calls and complaints from low-income seniors who have had trouble filling prescriptions under the new benefit, which began Jan. 1, and that the state so far has purchased a 30-day emergency supply of drugs for about 650 of those people.

On Tuesday, the office of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced that states would receive full reimbursement for those costs. The reimbursement amount for Oregon will come to about $1.5 million, officials said.
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Date:Jan 26, 2006
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