Pole felled in car crash causes black-out

17:00, Jul 15 2012

Traffic in New Plymouth yesterday was disrupted after a young man heading for town lost control of his car, crossed four lanes and snapped a power pole.

The toppled pole crashed into Countdown supermarket, cutting power across all the Waiwhakaiho shopping and industrial area about 1.25pm.

It also took out the Smart Rd traffic lights.

The driver was treated at the scene by St John Ambulance paramedics. He suffered moderate injuries to his head and knee.

Senior Constable Jason Koch, of the New Plymouth road policing branch, said the 22-year-old driver, who was the only one in the car, was heading in to town. He lost control of his car "for reasons yet to be determined".

The power pole was demolished, he said.

For a short time motorists were diverted along Katere Rd but one east-bound lane was soon re-opened. Traffic coming in to town was not affected.

Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said the industrial area and majority of shops had supply restored about 2.40pm.

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