An ''almighty crack'' followed by what sounded like a car
crash alerted Richard Jackson to a fallen power pole in North
A wind gust swept down Castle St North and brought a wooden
power pole down on to a car about 12.30pm yesterday.
Student Joe Llewellyn was standing a metre from the pole when
it came down.
''I was just on the phone ... I heard a crack and then it
came straight down on the bonnet of that car,'' he said.
The incident had given him a fright and happened so quickly
he was unable to move as the pole came down.
''Luckily it wasn't falling in my direction,'' he said.
Prof Jackson, of the University of Otago, said he was setting
up the launch of the Zone of Peace in Castle St when the gust
''It was a bit of a shock because the wind wasn't as strong
as other gusts,'' he said.
''I heard quite a loud crack - it was just an almighty crack
- and I flinched. Then I turned around and saw the pole
completely down and the car smashed.''
Prof Jackson said it was only by chance no-one was injured.
''It could have been much worse. People are coming along that
footpath all the time.''
The incident left a power line across the road ''so low that
any car coming down the street would have run into it,'' he
Delta capability and risk general manager Matt Ballard said
the fallen pole had cut power to one customer.
Mr Ballard was unsure whether the line was live after the
pole broke, but there had been ''no harm to anyone''.
''There has been harm to someone's car, so we will ascertain
whose car,'' he said.
Delta asset management general manager Derek Todd said the
pole had been identified for replacement as part of a
scheduled maintenance programme and would be replaced.
Other poles nearby might also have suffered damage and were
''If necessary, these will be made safe prior to scheduled
High wind caused a large glass pane to fall from the second
floor of Dunedin's former chief post office building
Dunedin central fire station officer Phillip De Rooy said the
2sq m pane from the building, on the corner of Princes and
Water Sts, dislodged during ''gusty'' wind at about 5.40pm.
The fire crew removed broken glass.