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Crash cuts power to 350 homes in St. Andrews, Lockport

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A car accident north of Winnipeg caused a four-hour power outage affecting 350 residences in St. Andrews and Lockport Saturday morning.

Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Anthony Koop said a van hit a Hydro pole on Highway 8 around 10 a.m. and damaged the distribution line.

"Emergency services contacted us to de-energize the line. The car was still in there and they didn’t want to go in there before it was safe to do so," Koop said of the accident site.

The pole was significantly damaged and needed to be replaced, which proved difficult because the surrounding ditch is very wet from the recent rainfall, Koop said.

Hydro crews were able to restore power just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Updated on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM CDT: Updates when power restored; tweaks headline

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