Lights went out in at least 70 houses in Home late Friday afternoon after a vehicle struck a power pole between 9th Avenue and McEwan Road, according to Key Peninsula Fire.
The accident occurred after a car swerved off the highway trying to avoid hitting a pickup truck, said Tyler Schneider, a volunteer with West Pierce County Search and Rescue who was on scene helping direct traffic.
“Only minor injuries reported by first arriving medic crew,” said a KP fire Facebook post last night.
“I’m glad no one was seriously injured,” said Home resident John Buday in a comment to this blog. “I actually heard it from 3/4-mile away. And the power outage did lead to my wife and I playing two games of bad Scrabble.
“And, relatedly, to dusting off the dictionary,” he added.
A crew from Peninsula Light Co. arrived on scene to replace the damaged power pole approximately an hour after the accident. By 6:01 p.m., KP fire says restoration of power will take another 4-5 hours.
A tweet from Peninsula Light Co. at 9:54 p.m. said “Pole replaced and power restored to Home area @ Key Pen Hwy & McEwan.”
If you are still without power, PenLight says to call 853-1388.
Evening commuters had to detour around the area of the damaged pole by driving up D Street.