A car crash at Northeast 10th Street and East Elm Avenue cut power for a thousand Hermiston customers Wednesday night and closed roads for several hours as crews worked to clean up and restore power.
Umatilla County Fire District 1 battalion chief Corey Gorham said a minivan hit a distribution line around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, 47 year-old Daniel Davis of Hermiston, was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was trapped inside of the vehicle due to live power lines.
After power was shut off to the live wires, Davis was removed from the van and transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center. Gorham said the man was flown to Portland with some abdominal injuries, but had no update on his condition Thursday morning.
Hermiston Police said the cause of the crash was still being investigated, but alcohol and controlled substances were not believed to be factors. Davis was cited for driving with a suspended license and careless driving.
The high-voltage lines and power pole were destroyed, leading to extensive repairs.
Steve Meyers of Umatilla Electric Cooperative said 1,039 customers were without power. He said customers within city limits, as well as north and east of town, were affected.
As of noon Thursday he said three customers still did not have power. Power was restored to most customers at 11:42 p.m. Wednesday, but some roads were closed until Thursday morning. Northeast 10th Street between Diagonal and Elm was blocked, and flaggers directed traffic on Elm as late as 11:30 a.m. Thursday.