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Man charged after crash, Telegraph Rd remains closed

CRASH: Schulte St resident Shar Jones was trapped in her house until powerlines could be fixed after a crash on Telegraph Rd.
CRASH: Schulte St resident Shar Jones was trapped in her house until powerlines could be fixed after a crash on Telegraph Rd.

UPDATE 3.15PM

Ergon Energy has confirmed power was restored to homes and businesses just before 3pm

UPDATE 2PM

A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Cairns has been charged with dangerous driving while adversely effected by an intoxicating substance.

The man, the sole occupant of the car, is being held in police custody after investigations revealed he was wanted on outstanding warrants for failing to appear in a Cairns court on unrelated matters.

Telegraph Rd remains closed and is expected to remain that way for a number of hours after a single-vehicle crash earlier this morning.

Ergon Energy crews have replaced a power pole that was brought down when the ute smashed into it but the powerlines still need to be attached.

KEY points from Bundaberg police

• avoid the intersection of Telegraph Rd and Schulte St.

• Power lines are down in the area

• Telegraph Road is completely blocked from the Ring Rd end to Leivesly St end.

• All road users are advised to seek an alternate route.

• Male driver taken to hospital with minor injuries

• Man charged with dangerous driving while adversely effected by an intoxicating substance.

UPDATE 10AM

THE number of Ergon Energy customers affected has been reduced to 90.

Crews have isolated the section of the network affected by the crash so power could be restored to other customers.

CRASH: Residents on Schulte St were trapped after powerlines fell in theiryards after a crash on Telegraph Rd.
CRASH: Residents on Schulte St were trapped after powerlines fell in theiryards after a crash on Telegraph Rd. Craig Warhurst

 

UPDATE 8.45AM

POLICE say Telegraph Rd could be closed for a few hours.

UPDATE 8.30AM

THE driver, believed to be in his early 20s suffered only minors cuts and bruises.

Paramedics say he was "quite lucky given the impact of the crash".

CRASH: The the bike being towed by a Colarado ute that crashed on Telegraph Rd. Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail
CRASH: The the bike being towed by a Colarado ute that crashed on Telegraph Rd. Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail Craig Warhurst

UPDATE 8.15AM

ABOUT 1650 Ergon Energy customers without power from just after 7am.

CRASH: An electricty worker inspects damage to powerlines on Telegraph Rd after a crash there this morning. Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail
CRASH: An electricty worker inspects damage to powerlines on Telegraph Rd after a crash there this morning. Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail Craig Warhurst

UPDATE 8AM

THE male driver of the Colorado ute crossed onto the wrong side of Telegraph Rd and smashed into a power pole, according to nearby residents.

The power pole split in two from the impact with the top half dangling precariously from the powerlines above the road.

Nearby neighbours said they saw a man crawl out of a vehicle and who asked them to call an ambulance, which they did.

Powerlines are down across three homes on Schulte St.

The people in those homes have been asked to remain indoors.

CRASH: Police and fire and rescue officers at the scene of a crash on Telegraph Rd. Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail
CRASH: Police and fire and rescue officers at the scene of a crash on Telegraph Rd. Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail Craig Warhurst

EARLIER

EMERGENCY crews are at the scene of a single-vehicle traffic crash into a power pole.

The power pole has snapped and is in a dangerous position with power lines down.

Telegraph Rd is closed and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, is in the hands of paramedics, in a stable condition with only minor injuries.

The crash happened earlier this morning in the vicinity of Telegraph Rd and Schulte St, east Bundaberg.

Police are diverting traffic.

Nearby residents spoke of a loud bang at the time before coming outside to investigate.

Topics:  ambulance, police, traffic crash



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