Some residents of Chemainus were without power for several hours Tuesday afternoon as BC Hydro crews replaced a power pole left splintered by a single vehicle accident. Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan–Duncan RCMP said an impaired driving investigation is ongoing

Collision cuts power to Chemainus Road homes

Residents on the eastern fringes of Chemainus were without power for several hours Sept. 24 as BC Hydro replaced a shattered pole.

A single-vehicle accident on Chemainus Road Tuesday, Sept. 24 left local residents without power for several hours as BC Hydro crews replaced a shattered power pole.

Early Tuesday afternoon, a blue SUV veered off Chemainus Road, colliding with a roadside power pole located between Howe Road and Crozier Road.

Countering a rumour circulating through the community, Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan–Duncan RCMP confirmed that there were no fatalities resulting from the crash.

The driver sustained minor injuries, Stuart said, while the lone passenger in the vehicle was lucky enough to avoid being injured.

The RCMP is conducting an impaired driving investigation, Stuart added, but there have been no charges brought forward yet.

No additional information regarding potential contributing causes was available, Stuart said.

Howe Road resident Mike Renema said he lost power sometime around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and it wasn’t restored until 7:20 p.m.

Downtown Chemainus was unaffected by the temporary outage.