Saskatoon

SUV crashes into Saskatoon substation, knocks out power for large area of city

A crash plunged hundreds of homes into darkness Wednesday morning.

Fire department says vehicle hit transformer at power station

A vehicle left the road and crashed into a transformer, starting a fire and knocking out power for a large section of the west side of Saskatoon. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

A crash plunged hundreds of homes into darkness Wednesday morning.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said in a news release that it had received many 911 calls about a transformer on fire around Edmonton Avenue and 33rd Street W.

An SUV had gone off the road and slammed into power equipment.

The 53-year-old driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire shut off power for a large section of the city, affecting a large part of the west side, including the downtown business district.

Many signal lights were also knocked out, including those on Idylwyld Drive. Commuters were told to treat the signals as a four-way stop.

Traffic restrictions were expected to last between two and four hours.