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Fort St. John RCMP say a power outage affecting thousands Monday night was caused by an impaired driver.

Emergency crews were called out to 86 Street shortly before 9:30 p.m. after a welding truck crashed and knocked down a power pole, causing an outage for roughly 6,000 customers.

The driver was not seriously injured, and police said Tuesday that the driver was impaired. No other vehicles were involved.

“Members entered into an impaired driving investigation upon attending the scene, resulting in a 24-hour suspension and an Administrative Driving Prohibition being issued, along with a violation ticket,” said Staff Sgt. Scott Watson.

Power was fully restored around 1 a.m.

By: Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative
Source: Alaska Highway News

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