Vehicle accidents and powerlines

Car accidents can sometimes impact electrical infrastructure, like powerlines or green pillar boxes.

When this happens, the accident scene may be electrified. This creates a serious electric shock risk for anyone involved in the crash, including bystanders and first responders.

If you witness a car accident and want to help, ‘take care, stay line aware’. Use the following precautions to stay safe:

  1. 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.
  2. Call triple zero (000) immediately to report fallen powerlines and life threatening situations.
  3. Wait for help. Treat all powerlines and other electrical equipment as 'live'.

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.