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Crash knocks out power to over 1,600 customers (updated)

Update

The highway reopened in both directions around 11:30 a.m. and power has been restored. Police have finished their investigation and the driver has been charged. More on that here.

Original story

A crash that knocked out power to part of the city is being investigated by police.

The crash happened early this morning (June 21) at the Bruce wye on Highway 101 in South Porcupine, said Timmins Police. Photos from the scene show a pickup truck that came to a stop in a hydro pole, along with downed signs and poles in the island at the intersection.

The highway is closed between Legion Drive and Bruce Avenue. Officers are on scene directing traffic and detours are expected to be in place for the better part of the morning.

Westbound traffic on Highway 101 leaving South Porcupine will be re-routed to Legion Drive to continue west on Goldmine Road (the back road). 

The detour for eastbound traffic on Highway101 is Bruce Avenue to Main or Crawford to resume proceeding east.

Over 1,600 Hydro One customers have been without power since about 6:30 a.m. Crews are working in the area and the estimated time for the power to be back on is 9:30 a.m., according to the Hydro One outage map.

Anyone who saw the crash is asked to contact police at 705-264-1201.