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Tow truck crash knocks out power to thousands around Boise

According to Idaho Power, 6,500 customers were affected by the outage.
Credit: Idaho Power
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BOISE, Idaho — A crash involving a tow truck left thousands in the dark around Boise Friday morning. 

According to Idaho Power, 6,500 customers were affected by the outage, primarily in Southeast Boise, downtown, and a portion of the Bench.

According to Ada County Dispatch, a tow truck hit a power pole at the Peterbilt facility on Federal Way southeast of town. No one was hurt in the collision, dispatchers say.

Idaho Power says the crash broke the power pole, sending the pole and wires to the ground. The accident caused a "a brief power surge or momentary outage" for a wider range of people around Ada County, most of whom saw their electricity go off, then immediately back on. 

Thousands of customers in the area around the crash experienced a longer outage, including White Pine Elementary and Timberline High.

Traffic lights in some areas are also down, according to the Ada County Highway District. Drivers should treat all non-functioning signal lights as a four-way stop.

Most of the outage area was restored by 11:30 a.m., an Idaho Power spokesman said, but about 500 customers are still without power.

Crews are on scene now working to repair the damage. The estimated restoration is set for 10 p.m. Friday.

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