Driver taken to hospital after striking power pole, knocks power out in Twin Falls

A white pickup truck struck a power pole Monday afternoon on Blue Lakes Blvd. in Twin Falls,...
A white pickup truck struck a power pole Monday afternoon on Blue Lakes Blvd. in Twin Falls, initially knock out power to thousands of customers including power at KMVT's studio. (Source: KMVT/Elizabeth Hadley)(KMVT)
Published: May. 11, 2020 at 4:14 PM MDT
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UPDATE (7:07 p.m.)

Power is still out for 766 customers in Twin Falls. The estimated restoration is 9:30 p.m.

UPDATE (6:15 p.m.)

Paramedics transported the driver of a pickup truck that struck a power pole Monday afternoon, knocking out power for thousands of customers in Twin Falls.

The truck struck a power pole at about 3:45 p.m. taking out at least one power line near Blue Lake Blvd and Ninth Avenue East in Twin Falls.

The Idaho Power customer call line said about 5,800 customers were without power in area codes 83301 and 83302. The initial estimated restoration time was 6 p.m., but some customers had power restored by 4:25 p.m., others by 5:50 p.m.

KMVT reporter Elizabeth Hadley saw crews installing new power poles at about 6 p.m.

Still others like KMVT studio was still will out power by the 6 p.m. newscast. The estimated restoration time was set at 7 p.m.

Twin Fall police and fire crews responded, along with Magic Valley Paramedics, Sparklight and Idaho Power.

The driver of the truck was taken by ground ambulance to the hospital, but was able to walk to the ambulance, a KMVT reporter witnessed.

INITIAL STORY:

According to Idaho Power, approximately six thousand customers are without power in Twin Falls.

Officials expect power to be restored by 6 p.m.

Twin Falls City dispatch told KMVT a truck struck a power pole at the corner of 9th Avenue East and Blue Lakes Blvd. on Monday at 3:45 p.m.

KMVT is currently without power.

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