A 57-year-old Viola man died early today after he lost control of his car in Viola.

William Kanable was driving east on Drake Avenue about 7:40 a.m. near South Commercial Street when his car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole, according to the Vernon County Sheriff's Department. Emergency workers had to work around the downed power lines.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, though an autopsy is scheduled.

Kanable was wearing his seat belt during the crash, which remains under investigation.

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