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Highway 17 accident knocks out power
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Update 2:

Georgia Highway 17 has now been reopened after Effingham County Sheriff's deputies investigated an accident, which left three horses dead.

Deputies responded to the 1600 block of Highway 17 north on a report of a motor vehicle accident involving an 18-wheeler truck.

Reports indicate that the driver of the truck was traveling northbound when he struck three horses that were walking in the roadway. The truck then struck a power pole and a fence before coming to a stop.

All three horses were pronounced dead on the scene and were removed. There were no other injuries reported. No charges have been filed at this time.

Georgia power has been on scene as well repairing the power pole. Several people in the area were left without power.

Update 1: 

Effingham County Sheriff's deputies are currently investigating an accident involving a truck, which struck several horses and a power pole. There have been reports of power outages in that area resulting from this accident.

The 1600 block of Highway 17 has been shut down to one lane. Motorists are urged to avoid that area.