Power outage closes schools in Wilsonville

Power outage closes schools in Wilsonville
- WILSONVILLE, Ore. - A car hit a power pole carrying a high-voltage power line in Wilsonville Thursday morning, blacking out power to a wide area and closing schools.

An insulator at the top of the pole was damaged, and PGE officials say the powerline did not make contact with the ground.

At about 9 a.m., PGE issued a statement saying power had been restored, but schools remained closed.

All Wilsonville Schools were closed, including Wilsonville High School, Boeckman Creek Primary, Boones Ferry Primary, Wood Middle School and ArtTech High School.

At Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville, classes before 10:30 a.m. are canceled. 10:50 a.m. classes start at 11 a.m. due to the power outage.

PGE officials say a car hit a pole at located at Southwest 45th and Advance Road near Wilsonville at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies found a blue 1995 Ford Aspire had struck a PGE power pole located off of the roadway.

Deputies interviewed the driver of the vehicle, Zachary Fowler, 21, of McMinnville, who told them that he had been traveling westbound on Southwest Advance Road when his right front tire came in contact with the muddy shoulder of the road, causing the vehicle to lose traction and veer off the roadway, striking the PGE pole and damaging a power line.

Fowler was the only occupant of the car, and he was not cited.

He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The impact damaged a 57,000 volt feeder line, cutting power to over 11,000 customers, according to officials.

Electricity went out in an area from Wilsonville up to but not including the City of Canby. Parts of the Woodburn area were also affected.

Crews are on the scene trying to restore electrical power to the area.

There was no immediate information about the why the car hit the pole or the condition of the driver or any passengers.