2:09 AM: Power flickered here in Upper Fauntleroy and that was first indication that others have lost power somewhere – apparently because of a driver hitting a pole on SW Admiral Way at Waite. Updates to come.
2:12 AM: Almost 4,700 customers are out. The driver is also reported to have hit the Aegis Living building.
2:23 AM: Above is a reader photo from the scene. Emergency responders are arriving at the scene. Haven’t yet heard whether the driver or anyone else is hurt. … Other areas report hearing “booms” just after the crash – The Junction and Delridge is who we’ve heard from/about – possibly some sort of chain reaction. … Note that you’re going to hear extra sirens in the early stage of any major outage, because fire alarms are often set off. (Daytime outages also tend to bring responses for people getting stuck in elevators but that’s not an issue right now.)
2:35 AM: Added above, also from our reader at the scene, the vehicle in which the driver hit the pole and building. Firefighters have told dispatch that he’s been evaluated and “does not want to go to the hospital.”
2:44 AM: Another reader photo added above – this one looking west/downhill at where the pole is blocking Admiral. It’ll be blocked for a while. There’s also a significant fuel spill from the crash, dispatch has been told; SDOT has to be summoned for that.
3:01 AM: From yet another reader (thanks to everyone texting photos – 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline), a closer view of how the crash ended. … The driver is under investigation for DUI.
3:10 AM: About two-thirds of the outage zone has been restored – down now to 1,600+ still out:
4:40 AM: A few more customers have been restored, but the total out is still 1,600+.
8:41 AM: Everyone’s back on as of a little over an hour ago.
10:35 AM: Thanks for the texted photo and report that City Light brought in the replacement pole:
12:30 PM: As of about half an hour ago, Admiral Way was still closed and crews were still working at the scene.
2:37 PM: 12+ hours after the crash, the reader who’s been keeping us up to date just sent this new photo as SCL crews work to connect the lines:
4:30 PM: As noted separately, Admiral Way has reopened.
ADDED MONDAY: SPD says a 23-year-old man was arrested for suspicion of DUI but was not booked into jail.