Workers for Duke Energy worked to restore power to about 200 residences along S.R. 256 after an SUV crashed into a utility pole early Wednesday morning. Deputies were unable to locate the driver but searched the area at length in the early morning darkness. (Madison Courier staff photo by Collin Overton)
Workers for Duke Energy worked to restore power to about 200 residences along S.R. 256 after an SUV crashed into a utility pole early Wednesday morning. Deputies were unable to locate the driver but searched the area at length in the early morning darkness. (Madison Courier staff photo by Collin Overton)
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle accident where an SUV left the roadway on State Road 256 near Grange Hall Road and either fled the scene or remains missing and unaccounted.

“From the impact of the crash, if they were not injured or hurting pretty bad it would have to be a miracle,” Chief Deputy Josh Taylor said early Wednesday afternoon some 10 hours after the crash.

Taylor said when deputies arrived at the scene just minutes after the crash was reported they found a vehicle registered to a Deputy resident smashed into a steel utility pole with the vehicle’s front end high above the ground and all airbags deployed.

Authorities know what time the crash occurred because more than 200 people living in the area lost power at about 2 a.m. Wednesday — presumably when the pole was struck — and first responders were at the scene by 2:05 a.m. However, neither the driver nor anyone else was with the vehicle or at the scene. The fact that it was pitch black outside complicated conducting a search.

Not knowing whether the driver fled the scene to avoid law enforcement or left the scene injured and perhaps even disoriented, officers searched the area at length and were continuing to investigate the crash Wednesday afternoon.

According to a Duke Energy outage map, power was lost by 219 customers in the area near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Hereford Lake. Power was restored by about 8 a.m. but Duke crews spent the morning working on the utility pole and lines.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with information on the accident or anyone walking in the area early Wednesday morning should call the sheriff’s office at 812-274-3774.