City of Hyrum

City of Hyrum employees work to restore power after an early New Year’s Day crash took out electricity to much of the city Tuesday.

Mere hours into the New Year, an early morning collision of two vehicles in Hyrum left a portion of the city without power in the frigid cold.

Deputies are still searching for the drivers of both vehicles, Cache County Sheriff Lt. Mikelshan Bartschi said Tuesday afternoon.

“It was chaos,” he said.

A truck and a car crashed at about 4:39 a.m. in Hyrum just off of State Road 165 on 300 South near Mountain Crest High School. By the time the vehicles came to rest, the car had crashed into a home on the southwest corner of the intersection and the truck struck a power pole on the corner, he said.

An occupant of the home called 911 to report the crash and told dispatchers that there was some sort of dispute outside before the truck fled the scene.

When a deputy arrived on scene a few minutes later, both drivers were gone, Bartschi said. The truck was found abandoned a few blocks away, and the car remained crumbled where it hit the porch of the home.

Bartschi said the porch rails were damaged, but otherwise the home was intact.

The stop sign lay on the ground, the power pole was broken and lines were down.

Hyrum city officials initially thought power would be restored by 9 a.m. but later said the repair work was more extensive than they expected it to be.

Power was fully restored by early afternoon, but Bartschi said the drivers of the vehicles are still on the run. Twitter: amacavinta

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