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Driver Sought Following Highway 51 Crash, Power Outage in Polk County
Sergeant Corey Simons
Oregon State Police - Salem
(503) 378-3387

Anyone with information regarding the driver of this vehicle is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are still seeking the driver of a pickup that crashed into a power pole along Highway 51 about two miles south of Highway 22 in Polk County shortly after midnight. The crash caused a power outage to an unknown number of residences and businesses in Independence, Monmouth and Dallas areas for over three hours.
On January 29, 2011 at approximately 12:15 a.m. an unidentified person driving a one-ton Chevrolet pickup traveled off Highway 51 near milepost 2 and crashed into a Pacific Power & Light (PP&L) power pole. The driver fled the scene as OSP troopers, Polk County deputies, PP&L and ODOT responded. A Polk County deputy and canine tried tracking the driver but were unable to locate this person.
PP&L was reportedly able to restore power at about 3:30 a.m. and crews were to remain in the area for several hours to replace the power pole. One lane will be closed with flaggers helping travelers during the repair.
Questions regarding the power outage should be directed to PP&L.