A man driving on the north side around 6:30 this morning hit a power pole and knocked out electricity to 9,300 homes.
Pockets of Tucson Electric Power customers were affected from River Road to 22nd Street, as were customers from Swan Road to First Avenue, said Joseph Barrios, spokesman for TEP.
Electricity was restored to about 8,000 customers by 7:20 a.m, Barrios said. As of 10:30, fewer than 50 homes remained without power. TEP crews are on scene to determine how structurally sound other poles in the area are, Barrios said. Although only one pole was struck, other poles could have been affected by the tension of the wires being pulled as the pole fell.
The single-vehicle wreck at East Fort Lowell Road and North Kelvin Boulevard has closed Fort Lowell between North Palo Verde Avenue and North Edith Boulevard, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. The road closure will last throughout the day and likely into tomorrow.
Because of the power outage, some traffic lights in the area may not be working, he said.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the pole was uninjured and showed no signs of impairment, Dugan said.
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