Car crash cuts power supply

Last updated 15:00 17/10/2012

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Power has been cut to 900 properties in the Rangitikei area after a car crashed into a powerpole on State Highway One.

Marton police Senior Constable Richard Gower said the 19 year-old female driver of the 1988 Merceedes was travelling north on SH 1 when she appears to have crossed the centre line about 250m north of Colemans Rd, ploughing into a concrete powerpole.

The pole snapped, leaving the top part of the transformer hanging from the power lines. The car continued on through a fence and came to a stop in a paddock.

The woman was taken to Whanganui Hospital by ambulance with a suspected broken leg.

Her 19 year-old male passenger was treated at the scene.

The accident happened about 7:30am this morning, and power was cut to been out to homes since 10:30am when power had to be turned off to allow for repairs.

Properties in Hunterville, Kaikarangi, Marton, Mt Curl, Ohingaiti, Otairi, Rata and Turakina Valley were affected.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said they were mindful dairy farmers in the area needed to milk this evening and hoped to have power restored by 6pm.

Mr Gower said the incident was still under investigation and no charges had been laid as yet.

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- Manawatu Standard

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