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Car damaged, more than 1,200 lose power after tree falls on Blossom Street

A portion of Blossom Street was closed Wednesday morning while crews remove a tree that fell on a car overnight. No injuries were reported, but the tree damaged some power lines.
A portion of Blossom Street was closed Wednesday morning while crews remove a tree that fell on a car overnight. No injuries were reported, but the tree damaged some power lines.

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.

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