NEW PALESTINE – Two Southern Hancock schools were without power Tuesday afternoon after a car struck and snapped a utility pole in the area.

Administrators alerted parents to the power outage at Doe Creek Middle School and Sugar Creek Elementary around 12:40 p.m. Students were safe and had all been fed lunch before the power went out, the email stated.

The woman driving the vehicle that struck the utility pole in the 3400 block of County Road 500W was rushed to the hospital. Her name and condition had not been released at press time.

The woman was southbound on County Road 500W when her car crossed the center line and careened off the east side of the roadway, striking a utility pole and overturning. The vehicle came to a rest on its roof, trapping the driver inside. Police do not know why her car left the roadway.

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Sugar Creek Township Fire Department firefighters cut the woman from the car and rushed her to an Indianapolis hospital. She suffered head injuries, police said.

A dog was inside the car with the woman at the time of the crash but was not injured. Officers with Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management picked the dog up from the scene.

The car’s collision with the utility pole caused the wooden beam to snap and took down the power line attached to it.

Residents in the area were told they’d be without electricity for about six hours while Duke Energy crew repaired the pole.