Truck crashes through Malahat barrier, taking out power pole

About 260 customers lost power Monday when a motor vehicle went off the road and knocked down a utility pole.

The crash happened on the Trans-Canada Highway near Aspen Road. The power went out just before 2:40 p.m.

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Photos posted to social media show a splintered utility pole hanging by its wires over the edge of the road. The concrete barrier on the side of the road was broken and pushed off the shoulder.

Drive B.C. said the collision led to traffic congestion. The northbound lanes were closed, reopening just before 4 p.m.

B.C. Hydro spokesman Ted Olynyk said crews expected they would have the utility pole back up by 11 p.m. Monday.

The outage affected an area parallel to Finlayson Arm stretching from the southern tip of Goldstream Regional Park north to Shawnigan Lake.

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