Power cut when US tourist's vehicle hits pole

The scene of the crash outside Mokotua on the Invercargill-Gorge Rd highway yesterday afternoon.
The scene of the crash outside Mokotua on the Invercargill-Gorge Rd highway yesterday afternoon.

A United States tourist crashed into a power pole on the Invercargill-Gorge Road highway yesterday afternoon, cutting electricity to dozens of users.

Senior Constable Brad Wilson, of Invercargill, said the woman overcorrected when she saw an approaching car close to the centre line and veered off the road, crashing into the pole. She suffered minor bumps and bruises.

The crash happened about 1.30pm, west of Mokotua.

PowerNet general manager of network operations Gary Pritchard said the electricity supply was cut to 104 customers in the Waimatua area.

Once emergency services reached the vehicle and attended to the driver, PowerNet contractors replaced the damaged pole and repaired the overhead line, Mr Pritchard said.

Electricity was restored to 65 customers at 1.48pm and the remaining customers by 5.48pm.

The Southland Times