Electricity out after accident

A single-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon left hundreds of homes without power.

A single-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon left hundreds of homes without power.

The accident, at 4:39 p.m., occurred when a 17-year-old Summerland boy, driving a 1991 Ford pickup truck north on Victoria Road South near Dunham Crescent, lost control on the icy road and struck a power pole.

There was extensive damage to the front of the truck.

Don Darling, head of the municipal public works department, said the electrical workers and public works employees were on the scene until after 2:30 a.m. restoring the power.

He said crews were able to reroute power to some of the homes, but others were left without power much longer.

Darling said quick work by public works and electrical workers brought back the service.

Richard Bard, charge hand with Summerland Power, said around 500 homes were affected at the time of the accident.

By 6 p.m., power was restored to around 350 customers and by 1 a.m., another 130 customers had their power service back in place.

Power to the last 20 homes was back between 1:30 and 2 a.m.

Electrical department workers at the scene were Bard, Clayton Keys, Mark Bicknell and Al Murphy.



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