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Car crash causes power problems

Lights went out in Paget yesterday after a car crashed into a light pole off Harbour Road, reportedly as it was chased by police.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the accident, which happened around 11am.

A police spokeswoman wasn't able to confirm specific details about the collision last night.

She said the car was travelling West on Harbour Road when it hit a wooden rail to the North of the road and continued forward.

Witnesses say the car struck a utility pole and spun 180 degrees before it stalled.

The driver attempted to run from the scene of the accident, but was arrested by police, persons present at the time stated.

Derek Exell, manager of Offshore Yachting and Maintenance, said: “If that light pole wasn't there, he would have wound up in my office.”

Mr Exell said he was working on a boat when he heard screeching and a loud bang, followed by the cracking of electricity.

“I came around and saw the guy running up the hill and the car at the base of the light pole,” he said. “Then the pole went with a massive bang. My heart went up my throat. It scared the bleep out of me.”

Even after the offending vehicle was towed away, Mr Exell said the power outage would cause a notable headache.

“I'm finished for the day. There's not much we can do,” he said.

“We were going to pull up a boat at the end of the dock that's been leaking, but that's not going to happen today. We're going to have to just keep swapping batteries to keep the pumps running and have someone stay here overnight to make sure it won't sink.”

Traffic was diverted away from the area via Lovers Lane and Trimingham Hill while Belco staff worked to restore power.

A Belco spokeswoman said: “Initially, 281 customers were without power but were restored in sections along the circuit starting at 11.29am.”

By around 12.40pm, only 40 customers between Stowe Hill and Lovers Lane remained without electricity.

Area residents lost power after a car collided with an electric light pole on Harbour Road yesterday.

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Published February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:33 am)

Car crash causes power problems

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