A Chevrolet Trailblazer that was involved in an Michigan Road accident on Monday sits in the drive of Fountain of Flowers after the crash. The driver, who swerved to miss hitting a dog was not injured but the crash knocked out power to more than 500 Duke Energy customers and blocked traffic for several hours. (Madison Courier staff photo by Collin Overton)
A Chevrolet Trailblazer that was involved in an Michigan Road accident on Monday sits in the drive of Fountain of Flowers after the crash. The driver, who swerved to miss hitting a dog was not injured but the crash knocked out power to more than 500 Duke Energy customers and blocked traffic for several hours. (Madison Courier staff photo by Collin Overton)
A property damage accident at the intersection of Michigan Road and Hillcrest Drive left more than 500 homes and businesses without power and shut down traffic on Michigan Hill for close to eight hours Monday, according to Duke Energy and the Madison Police Department.

According to a MPD release, Joshua Browning, 39, of Canaan, was northbound on Michigan Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The pole broke into two sections with a section landing on the roadway.

Browning, who was not injured, told officers he lost control when he swerved his vehicle to miss a dog and ran into the pole, according to a report by MPD Capt. Bruce Heaton.

Madison Police were on the scene shortly after 4:30 p.m. with the road blocked between Elmhurst Drive to the south and State Street to the north. Michigan Road southbound through traffic was detoured at State Street while northbound through traffic was forced to turn around at Autumnwood Lane and the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.

The traffic detours lasted about eight hours and Duke Energy crews worked until about 10 p.m. to install a new pole and repair lines. The accident knocked out power to 526 customers, according to Duke’s outage map.

Madison resident Sondra Sharkey was outside her home watching the response with neighbors just a few houses south of the accident scene. She and her neighbors did not hear or see the accident take place, but she did recall seeing the driver’s black Chevrolet TrailBlazer driving out of a ditch on Hillcrest Drive after the wreck.

Madison Police were assisted by the City of Madison Street Department.