UPDATE: Motor vehicle incident near Chetwynd cuts power to over 100

CHETWYND, B.C. – A motor vehicle accident has Highway 97 west of Chetwynd reduced to single-lane alternating traffic this morning.

Cst. Ryan LeMay with the Chetwynd RCMP says that the single-vehicle accident occurred at around 3:00 a.m. Friday, and that there were no fatalities. LeMay confirmed that police do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident.

Bill Lamoureux with Cariboo Road Services says that a semi truck carrying a load of shingles on a flat deck trailer went off the road and struck a power pole, as confirmed by BC Hydro’s website. Lamoureux says that crews were able to clear debris from the road by around 8:00 a.m., but that Hydro crews needed to remove power lines crossing the road to replace the impacted power pole. He also confirmed that crews would have the road reduced to single-lane alternating traffic in both directions until work by Hydro crews was complete.

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According to BC Hydro, 135 customers have been without power since 2:45 this morning. Hydro estimates that crews will have power restored to the effected area by 2:00 p.m.