Kids thought UFO had crashed after car takes out 2 power poles in South Richmond

Posted at 11:41 PM, Mar 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-01 23:46:21-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands of customers were without power in South Richmond Sunday morning as a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain fell around the region.

According to Dominion Virginia Power, a car struck two electric poles on Broad Rock Boulevard around 1 a.m.

"All you heard was a loud screech and then you heard boom and then the power was out," Jeanette Meza told CBS 6.

Jeanette Meza

Tony Talliaferro heard about the wreck when his children ran in his bedroom after they saw the electric show light up the night sky.

"They say it came over the top like fireworks like the Fourth of July,"  Talliaferro said. "They said it was a UFO crash, I said, 'Oh no, it can't be a UFO.'"

Tony Talliaferro

Tony Talliaferro

An eyewitness called CBS 6 to report a man was behind the wheel and that a six-year-old child was inside.

There was no report of the cause or the extent of any injuries by police Sunday evening.

As a result, power was out for thousands for nearly 12 hours leaving many with no heat.

"It was freezing cold," Destiny Downey, who was without heat, said.