Suspected DUI crash knocks out power

The end result of Saturday’s early morning car crash on North West Point Road, West Bay. – Photo: Maggie Jackson

A predawn car crash Saturday was blamed for knocking out power to a large area of West Bay for several hours.

The driver involved was arrested by police on suspicion of drunken driving, according to Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks.

The smash, which happened just after 3 a.m. on North West Point Road, caused a section of a power pole and live electric lines to come down on top of the Nissan Skyline involved.

Witnesses said the driver managed to escape with relatively minor injuries. He was taken to hospital complaining of neck pains. Police said the Nissan was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

West Bay residents who live along the stretch of North West Point near the DiveTech shop reported power outages lasting anywhere from four to 10 hours. A power transformer was also reported to have blown out as a result of the crash.

Caribbean Utilities Company representatives contacted on Sunday said the power outage was initially reported at 3:17 a.m. and that crews had power restored to most of West Bay by 6:20 a.m.

Areas affected by the outage included all of North West Point from West Bay’s four-way stop to Bosun Bay. Inland areas including Hell, Reverend Blackman Road and some parts of Town Hall Road were also without power.

The large power pole, which guides one of CUC’s main supply lines to the area, had to be replaced as a result of the accident, officials said.



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