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Vehicle collision results in power outage along north shore

A 28-year-old man from Pic River First Nation was charged with failing to remain at the scene and careless driving after striking a hydro pole that caused a power outage
Espanola OPP charged a 58-year-old man from Whitefish River First Nation for stunt driving on Sept. 7. Supplied photo.

MARATHON, Ont. – A motor vehicle collision that knocked out power in the area of Pic River First Nation has resulted in charges for the driver.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, officers with the Marathon detachment ad members of the Anishniabek Police Service responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Friday, Dec. 28 just before 11 p.m.

The collision took place on Highway 627 in the Pic River First Nation and Heron Bay North area.

The vehicle was travelling northbound when it left the roadway while trying to negotiate a curve and struck a hydro pole. The pole was severed near the base and several electrical wires were across the roadway, resulting in a power outage in the area.

The driver of the vehicle was not on the scene when officers arrived, but was located approximately 30 minutes later. The driver was attended to by Marathon Emergency Medical Services and later released with minor injuries.

The 28-year-old driver of Pic River First Nation was charged failing to remain and careless driving.

The highway was closed for approximately three hours and power was not fully restored until 24-hours later.