More than 9,000 homes lose power after car crashes into utility pole

Work crews with Tucson Electric Power Co. make repairs after a car crashed into a power pole near East Fort Lowell Road and North Kelvin Boulevard. Friday’s early morning accident temporarily left about 9,300 midtown homes without power, according to TEP officials. Although only one pole was hit, three others were damaged because of sagging power lines. The driver who hit the pole was not hurt and showed no signs of impairment, police said.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

A man driving on the north side Friday 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.

The accident happened about 6:30 a.m and 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.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the pole was uninjured and showed no signs of impairment, Dugan said.