Fallen branch downs pole, injures 2 in Muskegon Co.

A large branch fell across utility lines, causing a pole to snap and fall on two women on Whitehall Road in Muskegon Township. (Courtesy Jason Kidner/April 18, 2017)

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — Two women were injured in Muskegon County when a large branch fell across utility lines, causing a pole to snap and fall on them.

It happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Whitehall Road, near West River Road at the border of Laketon and Muskegon Townships.

Authorities called to the scene said they found two women lying on the shoulder of the road near a fallen utility pole.

The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department said the women were walking northbound on Whitehall Road and may have just visited the nearby Dollar General Store when the pole fell on them.

Both victims were taken to the hospital; one was listed in critical condition.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said the branch knocked down a total of five poles – four for telephone services and one for power.

Power to the area of the accident was cut off for about two hours starting Tuesday evening, according to Morgenstern. He said the outage was necessary for crews to safely replace the fallen pole.

It’s unclear how many customers were affected by the outage.