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Power restored to all 800 customers affected by yesterday morning's collision

Greater Sudbury Police asked that motorists avoid the area for the time being

Updated Aug. 5 at 2:25 p.m.:

Sudbury Hydro has confirmed that all 800 customers who experienced a temporary power outage Monday morning as a result of the accident, have had their power restored.

Updated 11:40 a.m.:

A single motor vehicle collision knocked out power to a number of residents Monday morning after it became lodged against a hydro pole.

At around 9:50 a.m. Monday, a vehicle was travelling eastbound on McNeill Boulevard when it became entangled in a set of guy wires on the corner of McNeill Boulevard and Beatty Street. 

Greater Sudbury Police Staff Sgt. Ward said the cause of the accident is yet to be determined, but police believe it to be a one-vehicle, one-passenger event. The passenger has been transported to the hospital, although the extent of their injuries is not yet known. 

Many residents in the area of Beatty Street, Dufferin Street and Ash Street are experiencing a temporary power outage as a result of the five wires damaged in the accident. Sudbury Hydro is currently on scene and expects to resolve the issue within the hour. 

Police do not have an estimate as to when the vehicle will be removed, as Sudbury Hydro must determine when it is safe to do so.

John Remmerswaal, a resident of the area, was alerted to the incident by the sound of two loud pops, which he said was when he exited his home and saw three gentlemen rush towards the vehicle. Remmerswaal said that despite the risk, the three men opened the driver-side door and pulled the passenger from the vehicle without injury.

Although Remmerswaal did not see the accident occur, he suspects speeding was involved, as it is a consistent problem in the neighbourhood. Although the posted speed limit is 50 km/h, Remmerswaal said it is not uncommon to see a vehicle travelling 80, 90 km/h and lose control.

"They think speed doesn't kill," he said. 

This, along with graffiti artists which have begun to vandalize the neighbourhood, has motivated Remmerswaal and his wife to begin looking for somewhere else to live. 

"Now we're really getting out of dodge," he said. 

Original Story:

Greater Sudbury Police are currently on the scene of a motor vehicle collision near Duffern Street and Beatty Street. 

Police ask that motorists avoid the area as traffic will be affected. 

This story will be updated once more details are made available. 

Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

A graduate of both Laurentian University and Cambrian College, Keira Ferguson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter, funded by the Government of Canada, at
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