Erratic Driver Hits Power Pole in Fort Frances Causes Power Outage


FORT FRANCES – On October 6, 2020, at approximately 2:55 am, officers from the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were alerted to the report of a vehicle being driven erratically near the 500 block of Kings Highway in Fort Frances.

Within a minute, a second call was received by the OPP Thunder Bay Provincial Communications Centre reporting a single motor vehicle had collided with a hydro pole on the 300 block of First Street East (near Portage Avenue).

OPP officers, Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Fort Frances Fire Rescue Service immediately responded.

A female driver was transported to Riverside Hospital in Fort Frances and treated for minor injuries. The collision resulted in damage to a hydro pole which caused a power outage across several blocks. Fort Frances Power Corporation attended the collision scene and made necessary repairs.  Power was restored before 5:00 am.

OPP continues to investigate the collision.