Crash sends utility pole over semi, knocks out power in Gresham - KPTV - FOX 12

Crash sends utility pole over semi, knocks out power in Gresham

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

At least two people were hurt after a car hit a utility pole, bringing down power lines in Gresham.

The crash, which happened just before 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, sent the pole and power lines over the top of a tractor-trailer near the intersection of Northeast 183rd Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street.

Witnesses tell FOX 12 a white sedan hit the pole. Officers arrested the driver of the car, and three of the people in the vehicle were taken by ambulance from the scene.

Firefighters and police officers on scene are being very careful due to the downed power lines, which prevented the truck driver from leaving his rig.

Firefighters worked to evacuate the driver from the crash, freeing him just after 6:00 a.m.

Power is out in the area around the crash, with Portland General Electric reporting that as of 7:30 a.m. the outage is still affecting more than 3,500 customers and that the outage could last until around 2:00 p.m.

PGE crews are working to repair the utility lines, noting that two lines will need to be replaced and saying it will be at least a few hours before the service is fully restored. A company spokesperson also advised anyone near the area to not approach any of the downed lines.

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