Power outage continues

PUD crews have been on scene to replace a power pole at 176 and Sandridge that was damaged at about 7:20 a.m. Friday morning due to a one-car injury accident. <br><br><i>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER / Chinook Observer</i>

LONG BEACH - Electric service was knocked out to much of the north half of the Long Beach Peninsula shortly after 7 a.m. Friday after a car plowed into a major power-distribution pole at about 176th and Sandridge Road.

Authorities at the scene said the female driver was injured, but no information was available on her condition at 2 p.m. Friday. Preliminary reports said the car may have been stolen.

"There was a car accident around 177th and Sandridge Road in Long Beach that brought down one of our main trasmission lines," according to Stephanie Fritts of Pacific County Communications and Emergency Management. "Crews are currently working to repair the damage and restore power to affected areas. Due to the severity, repairs are expected to take most of the day and at this time we have no estimated time of completion," Fritts said at 8:40 a.m.

Early Friday afternoon there were scattered reports of power returning to some areas, but also complaints that people were getting cold in their homes on what was a cool and blustery day on the coast.

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