A single-car crash in the early morning hours Tuesday damaged a concrete utility pole and utility workers had to cut power in West Bay for much of the day.

Police say the male driver sustained serious injuries in the wreck and emergency workers took him to Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just before 2 a.m. near the West Bay Fire Station and Cemetery Beach, according to police.

Caribbean Utilities Company spokesman Neil Murray said the crash cracked one of the company’s concrete poles on West Bay Road that holds a major transmission and distribution line.

“Those lines are the largest we have,” he said. “That is major work.”

Police said the car “appears to have been traveling at a high rate of speed” when it hit the utility pole.

The front end of the Lincoln Town Car was torn off in the crash, with the engine coming to rest more than a 100 feet down the road. Pieces of the car were scattered along the road.

As of Tuesday afternoon, police said the driver remains hospitalized with serious injuries, but he is conscious and responsive.

CUC cut the power north of the accident site around 11 a.m. and the company spokesman said he expected the outage to last at least eight hours. Schools and government offices in West Bay closed for the day after CUC announced the power outages.

CUC said power had been restored for most customers by 5 p.m.

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