Crash that puts thousands in the dark in Medford caught on camera


A News 10 viewer captures the moment a pick-up truck hit a power pole cutting service to 9,000 Pacific Power customers Friday. (Courtesy: Jim Pruett)

A vehicle crash that put as much as 9,000 Pacific Power customers in West Medford in the dark Friday was caught on dash cam video from a passersby.

The dash cam video from News 10 viewer Jim Pruett shows the moment of impact when a truck hauling a trailer collided with a power pole right outside News 10 in the 1400 block of Rossanley Dr., also known as Highway 238.

While it was lights out for many in the area just before 5:00 P.M. News 10, on the north side of the street, only experienced a flicker of power disruption.

Journalists and other staff from the station ran out to help the driver. The driver wasn't injured.

It's unclear if he was cited in the crash.

The road was shutdown from Ross Ln and Cheshire Way until crews could fix the pole Friday. Power was restored to 3,700 customers within an hour and it was full restored not long after that.


It was the second day in a row for a crash of this nature. Thursday a crash cut power to 19,000 in Central Point. It happened just miles away on Highway 99 between Beal Lane and Cupp Drive.

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