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Bird on a wire brings down power line, burns passing driver

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Jerry Cunningham says sparks from a fallen power line flew into the window of his car and singed his side. Jerry Cunningham says sparks from a fallen power line flew into the window of his car and singed his side.
Cunningham says the arcing line also broke his windshield in two places. Cunningham says the arcing line also broke his windshield in two places.
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

A buzzard landing on a power line set off a chain of events Tuesday morning in Texarkana that left about 1,200 customers without power and one unsuspecting driver shaken and burned.

Jerry Cunningham says he was driving in the 1700 block of East 9th St. when he heard what sounded like an electrical transformer blowing and then saw power lines arcing in his direction.

The next thing he knew, something hit his car, cracking the windshield and sending sparks flying.

"I had all my windows and sunroof opened. That is where I got these burns from," Cunningham says, pointing to red welted streaks on his side. "It hurts like crazy."

AEP SWEPCO says the buzzard had landed on a ground wire and when that wire broke, it fell on a 12,000 volt transmission line.

Power was restored to customers about an hour later.

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