More than 2,700 homes and businesses lost power for nearly 12 hours after a car accident damaged a power pole on Bowen Road Tuesday.
A 2003 Toyota Echo hit the pole about 1:20 a.m. near the Dufferin Crescent intersection and triggered a power outage west of Bowen Road covering most of the Jingle Pot area including neighbourhoods around Westwood Lake and Kilpatrick and Jamieson roads.
“This was a double-circuit, 60-foot pole that had a cross feed to a mini mall and a condo complex,” said Ted Olynyk, B.C. Hydro spokesman.
The 26-year-old man driving the car was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with minor injuries.
Hydro crews had just finished making a temporary repair to another power pole that was hit by a car on Hammond Bay Road shortly after midnight.