A motor vehicle incident on Columbia Avenue near 22nd St. took down a power pole and knocked out power to some surrounding areas around 11 a.m. Monday

A motor vehicle incident on Columbia Avenue near 22nd St. took down a power pole and knocked out power to some surrounding areas around 11 a.m. Monday

UPDATED: Accident on Columbia Ave knocks out power; slows traffic

A car struck a power pole on Columbia Ave in Castlegar, Monday March 25.

A motor vehicle incident on Columbia Avenue near 22nd St. in Castlegar  took down a power pole, knocking out power to some surrounding areas around 11 a.m. Monday, March 25.

A BC Ambulance spokesperson said two people were transported  to hospital with minor injuries.

A FortisBC employee at the scene said power might not be fully restored for some customers nearby until approximately 7 p.m.

No word as yet on the cause.

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UPDATE:

The 42 year old driver appears to have suffered a medical condition which caused her to lose control of the car, striking and shearing off a telephone pole, according to a press release from the Castlegar RCMP.

She had been proceeding Southbound and left the road to the right.  No other vehicles were involved, and no one else was injured.

Both the driver and her 93 year old passenger were taken to hospital — the extent of their injuries is not known at this time. Both were conscious on scene.

FortisBC had to attend to downed wires and broken poles and traffic continues to be diverted around that area at this time.

Police are continuing to investigate, and if there are any witnesses to the accident, they are asked to call the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721.