Car accident cuts electricity
A car crash cut power to more than 1000 Woodend properties last night.
The car hit a power pole in Main North Rd, south of Woodend, about 11.30pm.
A road diversion was put in place while the power pole was repaired.
Sergeant Colin Stewart said the 21-year-old driver was not injured.
The Rangiora man has been charged with careless use of a vehicle.
MainPower engineering manager Peter Hurford said 1070 Woodend customers lost power after the accident.
Electricity was restored to 1020 properties by about midnight.
The remaining properties, which were closer to the accident, had power restored by about 2am, Hurford said.
The pole was temporarily repaired last night and there would be another power cut this morning while the pole was fixed, he said.