Hundreds of people are impacted by the power outage. (Betsy Kline - Castlegar News)

Vehicle incident causes Hwy 6 closure and power outages in Slocan Valley

A Thursday afternoon incident has closed the main highway in the Slocan Valley

A single vehicle collision was the cause of a power outage that affected residents in the Slocan Valley Thursday afternoon.

Highway 6 was closed for more than three hours near Cunningham Road south of Slocan Park after a truck collided with at least one hydro pole.

Shortly after 2 p.m. a transport truck carrying lumber headed for Alberta clipped the soft shoulder of Highway 6 causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle came to rest blocking both lanes of the highway.

The driver of the Arrow Transportation truck was shaken up, but uninjured. His load however, was scattered across the highway.

Fire, police, Ministry of Transportation and FortisBC trucks responded to the scene.

Fortis BC said the power outage affected about 1000 customers in Slocan Park and Crescent Valley area.

Power was restored to most properties around 3:30 p.m., but some properties remained in the dark until after 8 p.m.

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