A crash at 24 Avenue and 148 Street in South Surrey this morning knocked out power to area residents.

A crash at 24 Avenue and 148 Street in South Surrey this morning knocked out power to area residents.

Intersection closed after South Surrey crash knocks out power

Hydro crews are working at 24 Avenue and 148 Street, following a crash that damaged a power pole.

A single-vehicle crash diverted traffic around a busy South Surrey intersection early Friday morning, while also leaving thousands of area residents without power.

According to Surrey RCMP, at 5:30 a.m. Friday, a sport-utility vehicle collided with a power pole at 24 Avenue and 148 Street, causing a power line to fall and a power ballast to blow.

The lone occupant of the vehicle, a 49-year-old White Rock man, was uninjured. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, said RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.

“He was charged accordingly with a violation ticket,” he added.

Paquet said there was “extensive damage” to the vehicle, and that RCMP, fire crews and city employees were on-scene throughout the morning, diverting traffic and working to restore power.

Power was expected to be restored to the area by mid-morning.