Lights out for Creswell, Cottage Grove last weekend

Over the weekend, some residents of Creswell and Cottage Grove went without power for twelve hours due to a damaged line off of I-5 as a result of a vehicle collision.

5748 customers of Pacific Power in the area went without power from around 1 p.m. until just before 1 a.m.

The Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Cottage Grove Police Department were called to the scene, near milepost 176, where it was reported a vehicle rolled over into a power pole and parked vehicles on Sears Road in Creswell.

The driver, 57-year-old Victor Alvidrez, swerved to avoid roadway debris, entered the ditch, hit a high voltage powerpole, damaged 100 ft. of fencing and came to a final rest against a tree, OSP officials said.

OSP also reported that Pacific Power, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Eugene People’s Utility District and Charter Utilities suffered property damage as a result of the crash.

According to the CGPD Police Report, “the driver was arrested and cityed in lieu of custody for multiple charges including DUII.”

Residents in the area had power returned in the late evening.

Pacific Power told customers via Twitter, “We appreciate your continued patience as our crews work to restore your power quickly and safely.”



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