UPDATE: Car accident knocks out power to 2,663 hydro customers

Emergency crews at the scene of a car accident on Highway 97 A Jan. 26.


ARMSTRONG - A car accident knocked out power to about 2,663 B.C. Hydro customers in the North Okanagan Monday, Jan. 26.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. just south of Armstrong on Highway 97A. Customers in Armstrong, Spallumcheen and Vernon were affected. A number of customers off Westside Road were also without power. 

RCMP closed a portion of Highway 97A in the area of Pleasant Valley Road while emergency crews attended the accident. From the scene, a rolled over SUV could be seen lying on its side on the edge of the highway. A hydro pole was crooked where the vehicle struck it. 

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the 41-year-old driver from Salmon Arm told officers something got caught in the steering wheel and caused him to swerve off the road. There were no other occupants in the car.

The man was wearing his seatbelt and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. He walked away from the accident without injuries.

The highway was reduced to a single lane in both directions for about five hours while emergency responders dealt with the accident.

B.C. Hydro had the power restored by 9 p.m. Jan. 26.

A hydro pole was knocked out in a car accident Jan. 26.
A hydro pole was knocked out in a car accident Jan. 26.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

—This story was edited at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 26 to add photos and information, again at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27 to say there were no injures in the crash, and again at 12 p.m. Jan. 27 to include additional details from RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. 

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