Crash knocks out power to hundreds in North Saanich

Crash knocks out power to hundreds in North Saanich
The crash scene is shown just after 1:15 p.m. on April 14.

A car crash knocked out power to hundreds of BC Hydro customers in North Saanich on Sunday afternoon, and caused BC Ferries to switch to back-up generators.

According to the BC Hydro website, power in the area was knocked out at 1:13 p.m., with the cause listed as a “motor vehicle accident.”

At its peak, the outage affected about 1,800 BC Hydro customers. In an update around 4:45 p.m., BC Hydro said roughly 530 customers were still without power, but crews were on site. Repairs were expected to be complete around 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

A picture from a commuter near the intersection of McDonald Park Road and Blue Heron Road shows emergency crews surrounding a red vehicle with front end damage at 1:18 p.m.

BC Ferries tells CHEK News that the Swartz Bay ferry terminal is in the affected area, but all of its operations are proceeding as usual because it has back-up generators.

CHEK News has reached out the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP for further details.

The outage area is pictured around 3:45 p.m. Sunday. (BC Hydro)

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