An Aberdeen man faces Negligent Driving charges after his SUV left the road in Central Park and struck a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, knocking out power for some until around 5 am Wednesday morning.
The Washington State Patrol reports the 62-year-old was driving a 1999 Chevy Suburban East on US Highway 12 when he said he took his eyes off the road and the vehicle left the road to the right. The SUV struck a guardrail, then the power pole, then continued for about 80 yards before coming to rest in the bottom of a small ravine near milepost 5. Photos from the Grays Harbor PUD spotlighted just the tip of the pole hanging from power lines Tuesday evening.
The State Patrol said the driver was not injured. His passengers, a 58-year-old Ocean Shores man and a 27-year-old Aberdeen woman, were both transported to Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries.
The PUD reported yesterday that over 7,000 customers from Montesano to Wishkah and East Aberdeen were affected, and some homes in Central Park also lost their meters due to overvoltage when the lines went down. While the PUD had power restored to most early in the evening, crews spent several hours last night going house to house replacing meters and restoring smaller outages.
Crews reported at 4:50 am this morning that they had completed repairs to all lines, and meters. Anyone still without power should call 360-537-3721 or 888-541-5923 to report issues with their power or meter.