Runaway taxi hits power pole

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Last updated 08:32 11/04/2012
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Andy Gregory
A taxi crashing into a power pole caused a Johnsonville St to be closed this morning.

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A runaway taxi narrowly missed hitting parked cars before smashing into a power pole this morning.

Inspector Paul Jermy said police were called to the scene on Hollies Cres in Johnsonville about 5.50am.

Mr Jermy said there was no-one in the car at the time of the crash.

"The person who called us thought perhaps the car had rolled down and hit the pole. [It was] possibly a handbrake failure.''

It is understood the runaway taxi narrowly missed a row of parked cars. The street is closed to traffic while a crane is brought in to secure the pole.

Local resident Andy Gregory said: "First we knew if it was a loud bang followed by sound of breaking glass."

"It's surprising that none of the parked cars in the street weren't damaged by the driverless car."

"It's definitely a real problem for people who needed to use their vehicles to get work, the fire crew and police have closed the street for fear of the transformer toppling over."

Witness Alan Russell said the Wellington Combined Taxis cab was dropping off a person at a home before the incident.

"Whilst the driver was out of the vehicle, the vehicle managed to start to roll down an incline back into the street and gain speed as it carried on down."

The taxi hit a power pole holding a generator for the whole street, Mr Russell said.

The bottom of the pole was ripped from the ground and it was held up by three power cables, he said.

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