Clearwater residents living in the Strawberry Flats were without power fro several hours last Tuesday, due to a motor vehicle incident.
The power went out for 82 households around 7:38 p.m. A gold pick-up truck crashed into the trees at the corner of Clearwater Village Road and Swanson Road, after coming down the hill with speed. The vehicle hit a hydro pole, causing damage and breaking the power line.
Three people were in the vehicle, all with non-life threatening injuries. The 24-year-old driver and owner of the vehicle had a cut on his face and twice failed a breathalyzer test administered by RCMP, resulting in a prohibition. One passenger suffered a broken leg and the other had superficial cuts on their forehead. All are from Alberta, in Clearwater working on the Trans Mountain pipeline.
According to police, the occupants said they were going out for a drive after getting off of work. A witness to the incident said they saw beer cans fly out the truck windows and that the driver and truck smelled like alcohol.
Two BC Ambulances arrived on scene and took the occupants to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops as the emergency room at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital was on diversion.
The Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department was also on scene directing traffic while BC Hydro crews made the necessary repairs. The power was restored around 11 p.m.
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