Accident creates power outage

A vehicle hit a power pole on Highway 97A near the Spallumcheen industrial park Monday

A single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon left hundreds of North Okanagan residents in the dark.

A vehicle hit a power pole on Highway 97A near the Spallumcheen industrial park shortly after 4 p.m., causing a power outage felt in the township and parts of Armstrong, Vernon and Westside Road.

“Hydro crews had to secure the pole and deal with wires,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk of the resulting outage that lasted five hours.

Traffic was reduced on the highway to two lanes with crews and motorists being extra cautious because of severe fog in the area.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the pole, a 41-year-old Salmon Arm man, was not injured as he was wearing his seatbelt and the vehicle’s air bags deployed upon impact with the pole.

The incident remains under investigation.