Vehicle accidents and powerlines

Car accidents can sometimes impact power poles, powerlines and green pillar boxes. When this happens, the accident scene may be electrified.

Take the following steps to stay safe:

  • Stay in the vehicle.  If you are a bystander, stay a minimum of 10 metres away from the vehicle and anything else in contact with power lines.
  • Call triple zero (000) immediately to report fallen powerlines and life threatening situations.
  • Wait for help. Treat all powerlines and other electrical equipment as 'live'.

When accidents happen, ‘take care, stay line aware’.

IMPORTANT: If you’re involved in an accident that has impacted powerlines, do not leave your vehicle. You could be electrocuted. Stay in the vehicle until the power is isolated and powerlines removed.

If you must leave your vehicle, use the following steps to protect yourself from electric shock.