Driver flees scene after crash in Chilliwack

A car plowed into a power pole shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, leaving parts of downtown Chilliwack without electricity.

Power is currently off in a section of downtown, including the Chilliwack Law Courts, after an out-of-control vehicle plowed into a power pole at the corner of Main Street and Kipp Avenue.

It’s not clear how the driver did what he did, and he didn’t stick around to answer questions.

Though the front end of his grey Toyota Echo was badly crumpled, the driver was able to leap out and take off. He was seen running up Kipp Avenue to Mary Street.

A witness said he was wearing white shoes, blue jeans and a white T-shirt and appeared to be carrying something wrapped up in a sweater.

The car hit the pole shortly after 9 a.m. with enough force to spray debris across the intersection. The impact was heard blocks away. Three metallic pieces from a green garbage receptacle were laying on the sidewalk, near the bus bench that sits in front of the old Safeway grocery store.

No one appears to have been struck by the flying debris.

Seconds before the car hit the pole, a pedestrian got out of the way by ducking into the adjacent Baker-Newby Law building.

As of 1 p.m. the car had been removed and three BC Hydro lift-trucks were on the scene working to restore power.