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Car hits fuse box, knocks out power

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In the middle of a sweltering Tuesday morning nearly 1,200 Rosemount residents suddenly found themselves without electricity to power their air conditioners.

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1,188 Rosemount residents lost power for about an hour Tuesday morning when a car hit a switch fuse cabinet at the corner of Diamond Path and 160th Street on the Rosemount-Apple Valley border.

Dakota Electric spokesperson Joe Miller said the power was knocked out at 8:10 a.m. and restored to all customers by 9:12 a.m.

According to Apple Valley police sergeant John Bernel the driver, 84-year-old Vernon Engfer of Eagan, was westbound on 160th Street when he left the roadway east of Diamond Path. He drove over a light pole, crossed Diamond Path and crashed into the switch fuse cabinet. Engfer was unconscious when police arrived. Police officers pulled Engfer out of the car and performed CPR. He was taken by ambulance to Fairview Ridges Hospital.

A witness who was behind Engfer on the road reported seeing him slump in his seat before the crash, but it's not clear yet why he lost control of the car.

Engfer was the only person in his car. Nobody else was injured.

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