Crash destroys power pole, causes outage
A vehicle crash early Sunday morning destroyed a power pole, knocking out power to about 1,000 Prineville locations for about four hours.
The crash was reported around 5:45 a.m. after the eastbound vehicle veered off of Highway 26 near Eastside Church, making impact with a power pole. The pole was significantly damaged and leaning to the west, and power lines ended up on the ground nearby.
The single occupant, a 42-year-old male, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Prineville.
An investigation concluded the cause of the crash was the onset of a pre-existing medical condition suffered by the driver.
Prineville police did not release the name of the driver.
They initially closed the highway to traffic and asked motorists to use Barnes Butte Road and other local roads in town to detour around the accident scene. Pacific Power, meanwhile, worked to remove the broken pole and replace it with a new one and restore power to customers.
The incident prompted Eastside Church to cancel its church services for the day.
Affected residents were initially informed by Pacific Power that it would take until 2 p.m. to restore power, but instead the outage ended around 9:45 a.m.
One lane of traffic on U.S. Highway 26 was opened by mid-morning while work on the new power pole took place, an effort that lasted into the early afternoon.