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Downed lines cause highway closure near Enderby

An early morning accident Monday north of Enderby has closed Highway 97A, though a detour around the scene is in place. A vehicle clipped a power pole and some power lines came down. There were no injuries in the accident. - RCMP Photo
An early morning accident Monday north of Enderby has closed Highway 97A, though a detour around the scene is in place. A vehicle clipped a power pole and some power lines came down. There were no injuries in the accident.
— image credit: RCMP Photo

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.

 

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