A hit-and-run driver sheared through a utility pole, leaving more than a 1,000 people in Kennewick in the dark Saturday morning.
Police were still searching for the driver who demolished the pole near the corner of Washington Street and Second Avenue at 6:45 a.m.
Along with cutting the line to hundreds of Benton PUD customers, it shut off traffic lights and left live electrical wires on the ground.
PUD crews worked for more than four hours restoring power to most of the homes and businesses surrounding the scene, said Jodi Henderson, the utility’s manager of communications and governmental relations.
The outage lasted until 3:30 p.m. for about 40 people.
Anyone with information on the crash or driver is asked to call the non-emergency dispatch number at 509-628-0333.