A 32-year-old Fruitvale man was uninjured in the accident that took out a power pole on Hwy 3B in Glenmerry on Thursday. RCMP photo.

Update: Rollover takes out power pole, RCMP investigate possible impaired driver

A Thursday morning accident left a power pole dangling on the edge of Hwy 3B in Trail

A rollover in Glenmerry Thursday morning took out a power pole and left Fortis workers with a challenging recovery.

According to Capt. Grant Tyson of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire and Rescue, firefighters and Trail RCMP responded to the single-vehicle accident just south of Hwy 3 and the Husky Gas Station intersection at 7 a.m.

“The guy road the guardrail up, flipped over, hit the power pole, and took out the power to all of Glenmerry it sounds like,” said Tyson. “I don’t know if the guy wasn’t paying attention, but he rolled it down the bank behind the shops.”

The power pole was hanging between the other poles but fortunately for the driver and surrounding businesses did not come down.

Trail and Greater District RCMP sergant Mike Wicentowich said in a release that the grey 2008 GMC Canyon pickup truck collided with a cement barricade, and leapt over it before further colliding with a hydro pole containing live power lines.

“Frontline Trail RCMP officers were actively conducting patrols for the vehicle, which had been reported as being driven in an erratic manner, when the crash occurred,” said Wicentowich. “The complainant believed the vehicle was possibly being operated by an impaired driver.”

RCMP and the Kootenay Traffic Services based out of Nelson are treating it as a drug-impaired driving investigation, which remains ongoing.

The driver, a 32-year-old Fruitvale man, was un-injured in the crash, and now faces potential charges.

Power was off in the surrounding area for over an hour while repair crews replaced the broken power pole.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the driving behaviour of the vehicle prior to the crash, is asked to contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 250-364-2566.


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