Nova Scotia

Halifax crash causes power outages

Halifax police are looking for a driver who took out two power poles early Thursday, cutting off electricity to 1,800 homes and businesses in the city's north end.
The truck was found abandoned about a block away from the second damaged power pole. (CBC)

Halifax police are looking for a driver who took out two power poles early Thursday, cutting off electricity to 1,800 homes and businesses and creating traffic chaos.

A pickup truck, believed to be stolen, smashed into a pole near the corner of Gottingen and North streets at about 5 a.m.

Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said a police officer came across the crash and the broken pole and stopped to help.

The second pole was sheered off at the bottom. (CBC)

"The vehicle backed up, struck the police vehicle and fled the area," he said.

The truck damaged a fire hydrant before smashing into another power pole on Chebucto Road. The pole was sheered off at the bottom but was still upright.

Police found the pickup abandoned about a block away on Seaforth Street. Both the driver and passenger doors were open, the CBC's Phonse Jessome reported from the scene.

Investigators brought in a police dog to help in the search. They couldn't find the driver but they recovered a jacket.

Morris said there are no reports of injuries, though the driver may be hurt.

"From the amount of damage to the suspect vehicle and the lamp poles, we're thinking that suspect may be injured," he said.

The resulting power outage created traffic tieups. (CBC)

Truck reported stolen

The truck from Ocean Contracting was reported stolen from a home in Lower Sackville on Thursday morning.

"We don't know when it was stolen, just sometime overnight," Morris said.

The crash knocked out power to nearly 1,800 Nova Scotia Power customers in north-end Halifax. There were traffic tie-ups on both sides of Halifax harbour as a result.

Power was restored by 8:20 a.m.

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