Crash cuts power to 2,700 hydro customers

NANAIMO – Early morning crash knocks out power to homes and businesses throughout much of Bowen Road and Jingle Pot areas.

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.