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Bayfront Highway closed after vehicle crash brings down poles outside of Hilo

Courtesy: Raycee Kai Cooke Courtesy: Raycee Kai Cooke
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A vehicle accident on the outskirts of Hilo shut down a major highway early Saturday evening on the Big island.

Just after 6 p.m. emergency crews responded to a one-car accident where the driver crashed into a Hawaiian Electric Light Company (HELCO) transmission pole.

The impact of the collision caused the hit pole to fall which then pulled down a second one; this prompted Hawaii county officers to block off traffic on Mamalahoa Highway on the Hamakua side of the 'Singing Bridge'.

The two poles which fell caused two additional poles to lean over the roadway.

The driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The downed poles initially knocked out power for 1,420 HELCO customers. Within an hour 1,400 of those customers had their power restored.

By 8:30 p.m. only two customers were left without power.

HELCO officials say the final customers will have their power restored once the poles are fixed.

No time frame for when repairs will be completed was given, but crews are set to work overnight and into Sunday.

Traffic will be detoured through Wainaku Avenue.

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