Stolen truck collides with power pole

Suspect fled scene as B.C. Hydro crews restore power to home and businesses on Friday.

A motor vehicle accident knocked out power to B.C. Hydro customers on Friday morning.

Power has been restored to businesses and homes following an early-morning car accident on Highway 3/95 running through Cranbrook on Friday.

RCMP responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash at 5 a.m. in front of North Star Motors, where a stolen black 1999 Ford F350 had collided with a hydro pole that collapsed on top of the truck.

The vehicle had been stolen from a nearby motel and the suspect left the scene on foot and was not located by police.

The collapsed hydro pole knocked out power for a large number of homes and businesses, and also interfered with a few traffic lights.

“As a result of the accident, distribution wires were knocked down and there was significant damage to a three phase pole, three phase transformer bank and two underground service dips that feed North Star Motors,” said Diane Tammen, the East Kootenay community relations manager for B.C. Hydro.

Over 2,400 B.C. Hydro customers were immediately affected, the majority of which had power restored by 7 a.m. as eastbound traffic was diverted down Theatre Rd. from the intersection of the highway and Victoria Ave. to allow crews to do the repairs.

By roughly 1 p.m., power was restored to all customers save for North Star Motors.

“Repairs included removing the damaged pole, and replacing five damaged cross arms,” said Tammen. “On Friday afternoon crews will replace the damaged pole and expect to have permanent repairs completed by later in the day.”

Tammen also noted staff from the Ministry of Environment were on scene to attend to an oil spill.

“The spill was contained and tested with the results indicating the spill was PCB free,” she said. “Clean up of the spill has been completed.”

The investigation is ongoing and police request anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have information relating to it call Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or Crimestoppers at 1800-222-8477. Information can also be relayed via web or text based tips with details on


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cranbrook cull comes to an end: Eight deer the result

Cranbrook’s latest deer cull operations have come to an end, with the… Continue reading

?aq’am goes into lockdown after reports of shots fired

A lockdown of buildings out at the ?aq’am community was lifted without… Continue reading

Interior Health issues drug alert in Cranbrook, warns of MDMA overdoses

There have been recent reports of multiple overdoses with severe outcomes in Cranbrook.

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

City pursuing grant funding for water pipeline bypass

Project will allow city for projects at Phillips Reservoir without interrupting water service to residents

VIDEO: Wet’suwet’en supporters vow to keep protesting at B.C. legislature

Supporters say they will continue ongoing action to hold government accountable

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

B.C. seniors’ watchdog calls for better oversight after recent problems at Retirement Concepts care homes

‘There is no financial incentive right now to be a good operator’ - Isobel Mackenzie

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

B.C. city rebrands with new logo, cheeky slogan

‘Langford, where it all happens’ is the City’s new slogan

B.C. Liberals call for ban on foreign funds to pipeline protesters

Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee back Coastal GasLink blockades

Most Read