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Car crash knocks out power to thousands in Clark County

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: January 10, 2023, 10:10am

A vehicle crash knocked out power to thousands of Clark Public Utilities customers in Clark County shortly after midnight Tuesday.

The utility said on Twitter about 1 a.m. that crews were working to fix the outage caused by a vehicle accident.

According to Vancouver police, an impaired driver collided and sheared off a power pole near Burton Road and 90th Avenue in central Vancouver. The power pole supplies one of the major electrical substations in the area. There were no injuries.

According to the utility’s outage map, by 10 a.m. more than 33,000 customers had recently had power restored, with another 248 still without power. The last households to be restored are near the Burton Road accident.

The outage took out traffic lights in some parts of Clark County and Vancouver, including at state Highway 500 and Fourth Plain Boulevard. Traffic on Tuesday morning was backed up for blocks as commuters navigated the flashing red light at the busy intersection.

Traffic backups caused delays for C-Tran. Visit c-tran.com for more information.

Clark County residents can report an outage by calling 360-992-8000 or visit clarkpublicutilities.com.