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Semi Accident Puts Hundreds in the Dark

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Flames engulfed a transformer between Medford and White City Monday night after fire fighters say a semi truck ran into the electrical unit.

The collision left several hundred people across Medford, Central point, and White City without power after police and fire fighters had to cut manually cut the power.

The accident happened at Combined Transport’s Property along Crater Lake Highway, and emergency crews were dispatched around 9:40 p.m. Fire fighters and police called for Pacific Power’s help right away. Emergency crews determined the best plan was to cut the power and let the fire burn itself out. This left nearly 1,000 homes and businesses in the area without power.

“A tractor trailer had turned into the flag lot of the 5600 block of Crater Lake Avenue to deliver a truck to the location had misjudged turning into one of the parking lots and struck the transformer,” said Sergeant DJ Graham with Medford Police.

The driver of that semi was not injured, and at this point, police do not have any reason to believe the driver was intoxicated.

[Update 12:00 a.m. May 27] – Pacific Power says the number of outages is down to less than 20 in the area and hope to have power completely restored by 7:30 on Tuesday morning.