Downed lines cause highway closure near Enderby
Highway 97A north of Enderby was closed for several hours Monday following an accident that resulted in downed power lines across the highway.
Police and utility crews were alerted to an accident just before 6 a.m. Monday, when a Honda CRV driven by a 20-year-old Enderby man on his way to work hit a power pole, snapping the pole on impact, bringing down a Telus line and a residential service line.
“There are some indications the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
Nearly a half-hour later, a northbound tractor trailer unit hauling a modular home caught a low-hanging Hydro line as a result of the first accident, and brought that line plus another pole full of lines down.
There were no injuries to either driver in the case, but the tractor trailer unit received some damage.
The Honda driver was charged with driving without due care and attention.
Highway traffic was re-routed through Enderby while the scene was cleaned up.