Crash knocked out power on Dead Indian Memorial Road

A morning car crash that downed two power poles on Dead Indian Memorial Road caused a power outage for about 190 Pacific Power customers who live on that road and Emigrant Creek Road, said Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power spokesperson.

Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to the crash at 9:12 a.m. today near the intersection of the two roads and transported the vehicle's lone occupant to Asante Ashland Community Hospital with minor injuries, said Dana Sallee, AFR battalion chief.

"They creamed a telephone pole, and, by knocking that one down, it sheared off another pole," Sallee said.

The power was out from about the time of the incident until 2:30 p.m., Gauntt said.

For about two and a half hours following the incident, Dead Indian Memorial Road traffic was diverted around the downed line via a gravel road at Ashland Municipal Airport, said an airport spokesperson.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to the incident, Sallee said.

At this time, it is unclear what caused the crash or whether the driver was cited, because the sheriff's department did not return phone messages seeking comment.

— Sam Wheeler

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