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Mystery erratic driver allegedly caused massive Kelowna power outage

Fortis had a major power outage Sept. 30.
October 01, 2019 - 4:14 PM

KELOWNA - Half of Kelowna was put into a blackout Monday when a car smashed into a power pole. Now Mounties say the power outage wasn't really that driver's fault.

Members of the Kelowna RCMP responded Sept. 30 just before 3:30 p.m. to a report of a single motor vehicle crash on Springfield Road near Durnin Road. When police officers arrived, they located a vehicle that had struck a power pole causing a power outage to half the Kelowna area.

"The investigation has revealed that there was an additional vehicle involved and was allegedly driving erratically,"  Cpl. Meghan Foster said in a press release. "The vehicle swerved across lanes of traffic and cut off a vehicle causing it to crash into the electrical pole.  While the driver sustained minor injuries, they were transported to hospital for medical treatment by the BC Emergency Health Services."

The vehicle that caused the crash was a white or silver hatch-back sedan and is not believed to have sustained any damage.

Police are seeking witnesses to the erratic driving and anyone that may have dashcam footage capturing the moments leading up to the crash,” said Foster.

Anyone with information about the collision is urged to contact their local police or the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. The public can also remain completely anonymous by calling a tip into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving their tip online at

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