A pickup struck a power pole after clipping a transport truck pulling onto Stuart Drive at Lakeland corner. Power was knocked out to nearly half of town.

Accident cut power to part of town

Icy road conditions were said to be a factor in a crash on Lakeland corner Monday, Oct. 29.

Icy road conditions were said to be a factor in a crash on Lakeland corner Monday, Oct. 29.

A Kemickel transport truck slid into a concrete abutment at the corner of Stuart Drive and Ash St. W., heading into downtown.

The driver of the transport truck said he was traveling at 20 or 30 km and hour, but the icy conditions still caused him to slide, hitting the abutment.

The driver said he then was backing out and attempting to pull back onto Stuart Drive when he was struck by the pickup, which he did not see coming.

The pickup was also traveling towards town, and the driver said he attempted to avoid the truck, pulling out and around, but was unable to avoid a collision.

The pickup clipped the corner of the transport truck, causing the pickup to spin around, striking the telephone pole on the same side of the road. Striking the pole is what caused the power to be lost for around half of town, and caused some businesses in the downtown to close until full power was restored.

The pickup ended up facing the opposite direction it had been traveling in, and both driver and his wife, who was in the passenger seat, were quite shaken up.

The pair had no obvious injuries, but were taken to the hospital for examination. The driver was experiencing some back pain and his wife was taken on a stretcher in an ambulance.

RCMP responded to the accident and helped to direct traffic.

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