Authorities say they did the right thing by staying inside the vehicles and calling for help.
CenterPoint came out to shut off the power and after a scary wait, the vehicles were able to drive away and no one was hurt.
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But it could have been a whole lot worse. Hundreds of thousands of volts can potentially pump through those lines and could have turned the situation deadly.
Power companies say it's a good reminder of what you should do if you find yourself around a downed power line: don't touch it or any wire near it, and call 911 or the electric company.
If your vehicle comes in direct contact with a downed power line, power companies advise:
- Stay put and seek help
- Honk the horn, call or yell for help
- Make sure to tell passersby not to come near the vehicle
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