If your car or the car in front of you hits a utility pole or gas line, know what to do!
- STAY IN THE CAR if your car hits a utility pole. Do not open the doors or step outside. If you have a cell phone, call 911 or yell for others to get you help. Wait for emergency and utility crews to arrive on the scene.
- Only in rare cases, like fire or if you see or smell gas, should you try to get out. Look for a safe place and leap clear from the car - never touching the ground and the car at the same time. Then hop with feet together away from the pole to safety.
- If you come across a vehicle that has hit a utility pole, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE to approach the scene. Power lines could be down. You could walk into an energized path. If you have a cell phone, call 911 for assistance.
- In rare cases of contacting an underground gas line or a gas meter, turn off the engine and get out of the car as soon as possible.
- Do not try to move the vehicle. Get as far away as possible from the area of impact.
- After you have evacuated the area, call 911 or the fire department immediately.
- Even if you hit a line and there is not an apparent leak, it is still possible there could be secondary damage around the site. Contact Ameren to immediately assess the situation.
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