Woman dead after crash with hydro pole; thousands of customers lose power
Published Friday, August 14, 2020 10:34AM EDT Last Updated Friday, August 14, 2020 7:54PM EDT
KITCHENER -- A 95-year-old woman died Friday morning, after her car struck a hydro pole in Waterloo.
The crash happened around 9:20 a.m. on Union Street East near Moore Avenue.
Waterloo Regional Police say the collision damaged the pole and hydro wires, which came in contact with low-lying tree branches and started a fire.
The driver, who was the sole occupant in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nancy Eden lives on Union Street and says she witness the collision.
“She was coming down the street and all of a sudden accelerated,” she says.
Immediately after the crash, Eden says a man went over to check on the driver, but he was forced to back away.
"She was in there for a long time because we couldn't go near the car because of the hydro lines," she explained.
The collision caused a power outage to surrounding areas.
Waterloo North Hydro initially said the outage affected more than 4,700 customers. Around noon, they posted an update on their Twitter account saying that power had been restored to 2,500 customers, and only 500 were still dealing with an outage.
Most power was restored by 2 p.m., though some customers were told that the outage could last until 7 p.m.
- With reporting by Zayn Jinah
This is a corrected story. Police had previously said the woman was 93 years old. In fact, she was 95.