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Woman strikes power pole, causes power outage for more than 1700 residents

(Courtesy: Pacific Power)

[UPDATED]

Medford Police Department say a woman under the influence lost control of her vehicle before striking a power pole that left more than 1700 people in the dark Thursday morning.

An investigation reveals that 24-year-old Ana Castorena was impaired when she was traveling southbound on Foothill Road before hitting a power pole. Castorena was not seriously injured in the crash.

Castorena is being lodged at the Jackson County Jail under driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and criminal mischief charges.

[UPDATED: 6:50 A.M.]

Pacific Power says power to all residents will be restored by 11:00 a.m. Extensive damage caused to the power pole that was hit has caused crews to restore power in two phases. Phase one was completed at 4:15 a.m. restoring power to about 1000 residents. The remaining residents, about 750, should have power back later Thursday morning.

[UPDATED: 6:22 A.M.]

Pacific Power now says power may not be restored until 3 p.m.

[ORIGINAL]

Pacific Power says a power outage in the 97504 zip code in Medford is affecting 1769 customers.

The power outage was reported at 3:19 a.m. Thursday morning when a vehicle crashed into a power pole.

Jackson County Dispatch is not aware of any injuries.

One crew is currently responding.

Pacific Power estimates the outage will be fixed by 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

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