Car accident knocks out power, closes traffic lane

Firefighters respond to a car crash that cut power in Central Whidbey Wednesday.  - Michelle Beahm / Whidbey News-Times
Firefighters respond to a car crash that cut power in Central Whidbey Wednesday.
— image credit: Michelle Beahm / Whidbey News-Times

Nobody was injured in a car accident on  Highway 20 in Central Whidbey Wednesday afternoon, though it knocked over a telephone pole and cut power to some homes.

The collision occurred at the highway’s intersection with Race Road.

“The car was traveling southbound … and struck the utility pole, shearing it off,” said Chief Ed Hartin, of South Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue.

According to Hartin, the accident caused the power in the area south of the accident to go out.

The driver was the sole occupant and escaped injury, said Trooper David Martin with the Washington State Patrol.

Martin said the “worst part about what happened is what it does to traffic.”

Emergency services had to close a lane on the two-lane highway as a result of the accident.

The driver received a $550 fine on suspicion of second-degree negligent driving, said Martin. He said it’s suspected that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.


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