Crash into pole knocks out power to hundreds

A single vehicle crashed into a power pole in the 3000 block of Griffin Creek Road late Sunday, causing nearly 600 southwest Medford residents to lose power, according to Pacific Power.

Some residents could be without power until 4 to 6 a.m. today, though the majority were expected to have electricity restored by late Sunday.

The outage, which began at 8:24 p.m., was caused by a Toyota pickup striking the power pole and cutting it in half, said Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Nate Sickler.

The male driver, in his 40s, was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center for what were believed to be minor injuries, Sickler said. Police were investigating whether the driver, whose name was not released, had been drinking alcohol.

Griffin Creek, near the intersection of Pioneer, was closed for about an hour until power was safely switched off.

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