Accident knocks out power to 2,700 customers Thursday night

2,700 BC Hydro customers were without power for several hours following an accident at the intersection of 22nd Street North and Highway 3/95 Thursday evening.

The accident occurred just before 6 p.m., knocking out power to homes in the northeastern part of Cranbrook and causing power bumps in other parts of the city.

Diane Tammen of BC Hydro said the accident was caused by a low-bed tractor trailer hitting a power pole in front of Lordco, completely sheering off the pole and bringing down wires.

Power was knocked out everywhere north of 3rd Street and south of Kootenay Reserve Road.

BC Hyrdo crews were called out, and immediately ensured the site of the accident was made safe. More crews were called out to help get the power restored to the area. Tammen said that by 8:30 p.m. power was restored to all but about 900 customers, and by 1:15 am power was restored to the rest.

Ongoing work Friday morning included replaced the power pole that had been sheered off.

Photo by Mike Turner

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