Crash in Freeland causes power outage for 40 homes

A single car crash caused a power pole to be cut in half on Sunday night.

A single car crash on Fish Road knocked out power to about 40 homes for 10 hours in Freeland last weekend.

The accident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. A 2011 Toyota Prius was northbound on Mutiny Bay Road and was turning onto Fish when it lost control and struck a power pole, cutting it in half.

“The base of it is shattered,” said Shawn Warwick, a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Despite the downed pole, live wires and damaged vehicle, the three occupants were unharmed. Police declined to release the driver’s name as she was a juvenile, 17. The other passengers included one adult and one other juvenile, who was also 17.

Warwick said the accident was the result of driving too fast to negotiate a turn and that a citation would likely be issued; drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash.

The incident closed both lanes of Fish Road between Mutiny Bay Road and Woodard Avenue for hours.

According to a Puget Sound Energy official, 42 customers were without power until 4:40 a.m. The pole was replaced during the night.