Nearly 1,300 power outages were reported early Wednesday after a tree fell on Blossom Street near Five Points, damaging a car and some utility lines.
The tree fell on a Lexus SUV that was traveling down Blossom Street near Hilton Street around midnight, Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
A picture tweeted out by the Columbia Police Department shows the front end of the SUV stuck under the tree. Timmons said the driver refused EMS treatment.
An SCE&G spokeswoman said 1,290 customers lost power because of the tree, which damaged some utility lines. Most of the outages were restored just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.
That block of Blossom Street remained closed Wednesday morning while crews removed the tree and repaired the utility lines. The roadway had reopened by Wednesday afternoon.