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Flat tire blamed for power outage in Genoa area



Households in Vernon County that lost electricity Wednesday night might be able to blame a flat tire. 

The Vernon County sheriff’s office says a driver in Genoa lost control of his truck when a tire suddenly blew during a right turn. 

Chase Von Ruden’s vehicle then hit a power pole, causing the pole to break in two. 

The electric lines fell down, and power was out for several hours. 

Von Ruden, from Chaseburg, was not hurt, even after the top of the utility pole landed on his truck.

The outage happened shortly before 6 o’clock Wednesday night. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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