Crash downs power lines, slows traffic
A minor crash late Sunday caused major problems in South Surrey Monday morning.
Traffic was backed up west of 152 Street as work- and school-bound motorists were diverted from the intersection of 24 Avenue and 148 Street while crews worked to clear wires downed when a power pole was knocked over.
The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday, when a pickup southbound on 148 Street lost control and hit the pole. The truck came to rest on its side at the southwest corner of the intersection.
Police say two South Surrey men were taken to hospital as a precaution. Investigation is ongoing, however, excessive speed has been identified as a contributing factor.
The crash left approximately 3,000 customers without power, affecting those located between 24 and 32 avenues and 148 and 152 streets.
While the intersection was initially expected to be closed for about four hours for cleanup and repairs, it did not reopen to traffic until around 9 a.m. Monday.
The crash was the second at that intersection in less than three weeks. Oct. 4, five people were injured when a Nissan Versa clipped a Ford pickup. Witnesses to that crash told police the Nissan driver had run a red light.