Topeka Police are still investigating the car accident that caused an outage at Sam’s Club at 1401 SW Wanamaker and threw a black cloud of smoke into the sky that could be seen through much of Topeka.
Police were called just before 6:45 p.m. as a vehicle had struck the electrical service to the building, causing a fire. Those inside Sam’s were evacuated as a precaution.
Witnesses told police a man ran east from the scene and was caught in the 1500 block of SW Wanamaker in the Days Inn.
Sam’s Club is scheduled to reopen later this morning.
Right now, it looks like just a one car accident, but if you have additional information, call Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.