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Car hits, damages pole on Crooked River Ranch; driver hurt, power restored to 1,100

(Update: Adding video, comments from CRR Fire Chief; power outage over)

CROOKED RIVER RANCH, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A woman was injured Wednesday when her car crashed into a power pole on Crooked River Ranch, toppling several large transformers and cutting power to about 1,100 homes for several hours.

The crash was reported around 12:20 p.m. on Southwest Shad Road near Canary Road, on the Jefferson County side of the large rural subdivision.

Sheriff Jim Adkins said the first deputies on scene reported the pole and three transformers had fallen to the ground, with one transformer leaking oil onto the road.

The driver was taken to St. Charles Redmond for treatment of injuries.

Crooked River Ranch Fire Chief Harry Ward says the cause of the crash was under investigation. But he shared general tips on how to reduce the risk of serious crashes.

“One of the main cause of crashes is inattention," Ward said. "Paying attention to what you’re doing. And driving a car is a hazardous thing and when we’re on our phones or whatever -- all those distractions we have in our car. Just be mindful of that, and limit the distractions you have in your car.”

Adkins said Shad Road would be closed for about five hours for the pole and transformers replacement and repairs.

Pacific Power's outage map indicated 1,124 customers were affected by the resulting outage. Power was restored before 5 p.m., according to the map.

Utility spokesman Tom Gauntt said there's still damage to repair, but crews were able to reroute power to restore customers.

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