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Car runs over power plinth in Elgin crash

AN elderly woman was injured last night when she lost control of her car in Childers Road near Titoki Street and ran over the top of a power plinth on the side of the road.

Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and St John Ambulance responded at around 7.30pm.

“The power plinth or link box was live and fortunately her car went past it and there was no electrical risk to her,” a senior firefighter said.

“She suffered some minor injuries and was treated at the scene by St John before being transported to Gisborne Hospital.”

The firefighters stood by until Eastland Network faults staff arrived.

The incident cut power to 15 customers.

“It took us about two hours to get the power back on,” an Eastland Network spokesman said.

“Permanent repairs will be carried out today.”

■ POWER was cut to about 200 customers when a car hit a power pole at Patutahi at around 6.30pm yesterday.

“Some were without electricity for about an hour, the others for about two hours,” the network spokesman said.

The crash happened on the telephone exchange corner.

There was no report of injury.