Power pole hit-and-run leaves Richland homes without electricity

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RICHLAND, Wash. — Homes in the area of Thayer Dr and Longfitt St have been without power for several hours on Thursday morning because of a hit-and-run accident in which a driver struck a power pole and fled the scene.

According to a social media notice from the Richland Police Department, officers began their investigation early on Aug. 4. Witnesses and community members reported seeing a male driver running away from the scene after crashing into the pole.

When they ran the plates, Richland police investigators learned that the vehicle had previously been reported stolen. They ask that anyone with information about the car, crash, or suspect call their non-emergency dispatch line at 509-628-0333.

Homes in the surrounding area have been without power throughout the entire morning. Richland community members have been commenting on the police department’s Facebook page claiming that the outage is still impacting their homes as recently as the time this story is being published (11:30 a.m. PST).

Electrical crews remain on the scene to assess the damage and make repairs. At 7:00 a.m., Richland police officials say they expected this power outage “to last a few more hours.”

Thayer Dr was closed to thru-traffic between Lee Blvd and Swift Blvd for more than an hour on Thursday morning, RPD officials confirmed.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.


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