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UPDATE | Driver hits utility pole, plus two trucks and a cyclist
Power has been restored to downtown Winslow and the surrounding area after having been out for approximately four hours this morning following an auto accident.
At least two trucks, one cyclist and one utility pole were struck after an as-yet-unidentified driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the intersection of Highway 305 and Winslow Way.
Bainbridge police managed to remove the damaged vehicles within the hour and get ferry traffic flowing again, but intermittent power outages did occur in the area, including the intersection's traffic light.
"I thought I was going to die," said Liz Minnie, the driver of a Chevy Colorado, one of the vehicles that was hit by the truck.
Minnie and another as-yet-unidentified man driving a Ford F-150 were stopped at the red light at Harborview Drive waiting to continue through to the toll booths. Then there was a loud crashing noise and a pickup truck hit both of the idling vehicles before making the right turn and disappearing down Harborview Drive, where it reportedly came to a stop.
"There was a loud boom," Minnie said. "I'm just kind of in shock. He was going pretty fast."
According to Minnie, police told her that the man lost control of his vehicle after having gone into diabetic shock. He also hit a utility pole and knocked out power to Winslow and the surrounding area.
Minnie said that the police also told her that the man hit a cyclist at the intersection, but that he was not hurt and had walked away from the incident.
"I got the worst of it," Minnie said.
Though all vehicles involved were damaged, only the driver who caused the incident was reportedly taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Nobody else was seriously injured.
"I can't believe it," Minnie said of the lack of injuries. "This was a freaking miracle."
Puget Sound Energy said 770 customers on Bainbridge Island were without power Thursday morning after the truck driver hit a utility pole. The outage included all of downtown Winslow.
PSE also said the Bainbridge School District lost power, although lights at the high school were on just before 8 a.m.
The lack of power was especially prevalent at Safeway in the Island Village Shopping Center on High School Road.
Store employees covered cold foods with tarps and blocked off the frozen food sections in an attempt to keep the temperature low.