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Crash into utility pole leaves 900 without power on Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:02 p.m. HST, Nov 1, 2012

Approximately 900 people suffered a power outage on Kauai after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Wailua. 

Just before 3 a.m. today, a pickup truck operated by a 31-year-old Kapaa man was traveling northbound on Kuhio Highway near Leho Drive when he veered off the roadway and crashed into the 

base of the pole. 

Police said he suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention. His passenger, a 32-year-old man, suffered minor injuries to his hand and was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

A power outage occurred as a result of the crash, affecting about 900 customers in Wailua. Two northbound lanes on the highway were temporarily shut down as repairs were conducted by crew members of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. 

Traffic was diverted through the north entrance of Leho Road.

Power was restored at 4:20 a.m. and the pole was replaced at 9:35 a.m. Lanes reopened at about 10 a.m.

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