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Wreck knocks out power to 16,000 in Lakewood, Parkland

Truck crash knocks out power in Lakewood

A truck crashed into a power pole and rolled over Friday afternoon along Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest, causing a power outage throughout parts of the area, police say.
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A truck crashed into a power pole and rolled over Friday afternoon along Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest, causing a power outage throughout parts of the area, police say.

A crash in Lakewood left 16,000 Pierce County customers without power Friday afternoon.

The two-vehicle wreck about 1 p.m. in the 4500 block of Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest left one driver with minor injuries, Lakewood police spokesman Andy Gildehaus said.

One of the drivers suffered a medical emergency and his truck hit the back of a car and sent it over the median on Steilacoom Boulevard. The truck careened on, shearing off the base of a high-tension power line.

More than 16,000 utilities customers were left without power in Lakewood, Tacoma, Parkland and Spanaway.

"We've got the whole area shut down right now until (Tacoma) Power shows up to make sure the lines are de-energized," Gildehaus said.

Much of Steilacoom Boulevard was shut down from Lakewood Drive Southwest to Lakeview Avenue Southwest. One westbound lane was reopened about 3:30 p.m. and an eastbound lane reopened about 5:45 p.m.

About 6,000 Tacoma Power customers were without power until it was restored about 3 p.m., the agency posted to Twitter.

About 5,000 Lakeview Light and Power customers lost power, Operations Superintendent Mark Hadman said. Power was restored by 2:45 p.m.

All 5,400 customers of Parkland Light & Water lost service, which was restored by 2:30 p.m., the agency said on Twitter.

At least two West Pierce Fire & Rescue stations were without electricity in the wake of the crash, spokeswoman Jenny Weekes said. Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland is among the customers without power.

Lakewood City Hall did not lose power, so no city services are affected, city spokeswoman Brynn Grimley said.

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