About 1,300 lose power after car hits Clallam County PUD pole

About 1,300 Clallam County PUD customers in the mid-Dungeness area lost power about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, when a car hit a power pole at Elizabeth Lane and Old Olympic Highway, sending power lines onto the roadway.

Clallam County PUD spokeswoman Nicole Hartman said at 8 a.m. Thursday that the number of outages was down to 440 and Old Olympic Highway was closed at Elizabeth Lane. At that time, the PUD expected power restoration to take about six hours.

Sequim Police Sgt. Dave Campbell said the driver of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee was taken to Olympic Medical Center to be treated for injuries. He has not been charged, but it is an ongoing investigation, so the driver’s name can’t be released, Campbell said.

“I don’t know if there’s going to be charges,” Campbell said.

According to an 8 a.m. post to the PUD’s Facebook page, “Customers should detour around the area by using Fifth Avenue or Kendall Road. Restoration is expected to take six hours. That estimate may be adjusted as work gets closer to completion.”

Affected streets include Kirner, Woodcock, Towne, Livengood, Kendall, Marchbank, McComb, Fitzgerald, Evans and associated side roads.

Update at 4:27 p.m. PUD officials report power was restored around 1 p.m. Thursday.