Family Finds Itself Improbably Dangling From Power Line

Lisa Beaulieu and her children were trapped in suspended car for 45 minutes
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2017 5:40 PM CDT
A mother and her two young children spent 45 minutes trapped and dangling in their car after driving over a downed electrical wire Wednesday in Connecticut.   (Suffield CT Fire Department)
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(Newser) – A Connecticut woman driving home with her children Wednesday found herself in quite the predicament: improbably dangling in the air, suspended from an electrical wire. Lisa Beaulieu tells Fox 61 a storm hit as she was heading home with her kids, but she didn't think "it would get that bad." It did. Suffield Police Chief Richard Brown says a tree fell on a support wire and brought a telephone pole crashing down while Beaulieu was driving by, the Hartford Courant reports. Beaulieu didn't have a chance to avoid it and drove over an electrical wire that somehow became tangled under her car, which hoisted itself off the ground until it was dangling perpendicular with the road.

“I was panicking," Beaulieu tells Fox. She called 911, and the operator stayed on the line with her until help arrived, NBC Connecticut reports. "I prayed the entire time we were in the car," Beaulieu says. "I prayed please don't let lightning hit us, please don't let the car shift." Emergency crews were able to get Beaulieu and her children out safely after about 45 minutes trapped in the car. Beaulieu thanks everyone who helped make her and her children "feel so calm and safe." The storm that hit the Suffield area Wednesday resulted in a wave of emergency calls for flooding, house fires, and more. But despite all the calls, there were no reported injuries. (Read more Connecticut stories.)

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