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Update: Man charged with careless driving in Lorne St. hydro pole collision

Two men walked away with minor injuries, Lorne St. reopened
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Updated July 12 at 10 a.m.

The 22-year-old male driver of the Dodge Challenger that struck and broke the hydro pole on Lorne Street yesterday morning has been charged with careless driving.

Both the driver and a male passenger walked away from the collision with minor injuries. 

Lorne Street was closed most of the day Thursday as Greater Sudbury Hydro replaced the pole and restored power back to customers. Repairs were also required for telecommunications equipment. The road reopened sometime overnight.

Updated July 11 at 7:05 p.m.

Power has been fully restored in the West End after this morning’s outage, which was caused by a vehicle hitting a power pole along Lorne Street.

Most of the nearly 1,200 customers affected by the outage were restored this morning, and the last 60 customers on Morrison Avenue were energized just before 4 p.m.

Greater Sudbury Police still have Lorne Street closed while telecommunications equipment is repaired. Motorists are being asked to avoid Lorne Street if possible on the commute home.

Updated July 11 at 11:40 a.m.

Greater Sudbury Hydro provided the following update in an email at 11:30 a.m.

"Greater Sudbury Hydro has been working on a power outage in the West End since about 7:30 this morning.  A vehicle collided with a major pole along Lorne Street, severely damaging the pole and forcing GSH to shut off power to approx. 1,200 customers.

"GSH was able to reroute electricity to over 400 customers a short while later, and by 10:30 am, all customers, except approx. 60 on Morrison Avenue, were restored. 

"The damaged pole is loaded with 44KV, 12KV and 4KV lines as well as a transformer.  It was broken and dangerous.  Crews are working to replace the pole and move the lines and transformer onto the new pole.  This will take most of the day.  The customers on Morrison still without power should be back to normal before 6 pm this evening.

"We also had a small outage in the Cam/Louisa Street area of the South End from 10:20 – 11:15. That outage has been resolved."

Updated July 11 at 11 a.m.

Power has been restored to most of the west end customers affected by this morning's collision. Greater Sudbury Hydro said in a tweet around 11 a.m. that service for about 60 customers on Morrison Ave. will be out for most of the day.

Lorne Street remains closed in both directions.

Updated July 11 at 9 a.m.

Greater Sudbury Hydro said in a tweet around 8 a.m. that 1,174 customers were without power in the Lorne Street area. Power was rerouted to some customers, but there's still 780 without power. "We hope to be able to reroute power and restore those still affected by 10:30 a.m.," said the utility.

Original story:

Lorne Street will be closed in both directions while Greater Sudbury Hydro is on scene repairing a broken hydro pole and a downed wire caused by a single-vehicle collision near Morrison Avenue (Maslack/Parts Source) earlier this morning.

Barricades have been set up to re-route traffic, said police at 8:19 a.m. Thursday, adding that people should expect delays in the area for a few hours.




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