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Power Sneeze: Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona.

Police say Travers DeWitte inadvertently stepped on the gas when a sneeze erupted, sending his vehicle across an intersection, up a curb and into a guy wire attached to a power pole.

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The crash snapped the cable, which flew up and severed a power line, cutting service to about 1,300 Xcel Energy customers Wednesday. Police tell the Winona Daily News (http://bit.ly/w9GCtX ) that sparks from the broken line ignited a small grass fire which quickly burned itself out. Power was later restored.

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Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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