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Photo by Steve Schulz Weldon Crider and Evan Lachowitzer, two Wadena Light and Water employees, inspect a $20,000 power box that was hit and dislodged by a hit-and-run driver Friday morning, knocking out power briefly to the entire city.

Hit-and-run driver smacks power box, knocks out electricity in Wadena

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A car plowed into a 12,470 volt electrical box next to an electrical substation in Wadena early Friday morning, June 4, knocking power out briefly for the entire city and for two hours to about 250 customers.

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The driver, who Wadena Electric and Water employees described as lucky to be alive, then drove away.

The box had three large copper wires about the size of a baseball bat around that arced, burning through the copper inside.

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