February 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM
Crash into Seattle light pole knocks out power; closes I-5 offramp
UPDATE 11:00 P.M.| The Stewart Street off-ramp opened back up just before 11 p.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
UPDATE 8:00 P.M.| The Seattle Police Department has cited the driver of the semi-truck that struck the pole for misdemeanor hit-and-run and property damage offenses.
The driver of the 2002 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving westbound on Stewart Street and trying to make a northbound turn onto Yale Avenue North when it struck the pole, according to the Seattle Police Department. Part of the pole was sheared off and caused three transformers mounted on top of it to crash to the ground. Live power lines were also downed across Yale Avenue North and Stewart Street.
The driver continued on until officers stopped him at Dexter Avenue and Mercer Street.
Seattle police are still investigating the accident with assistance from Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.
A truck that crashed into a light pole in Seattle this morning created daylong problems for drivers and Seattle City Light customers.
At about 8:45 a.m., the truck crashed into a pole near the intersection of Denny Way and Yale Avenue. No one was seriously injured either in the accident or after the pole toppled bringing down powerlines and three transformers.
Seattle City Light says about 3,600 customers in the Capitol Hill, First Hill and South Lake Union lost power. For all but about 30 customers power was restored by 10 a.m.. The rest should have it back by 6:45 p.m.
Mineral oil leaked from the transformers but crews were able to contain it and clean it up.
The southbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to Stewart Street was still closed as of 5 p.m. as repair work continues. The Seattle Department of Transportation reported backups on Eastlake Avenue East because of the closure.
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