Stawell crash leaves 200 homes, businesses without power

MORE than 2500 Stawell customers were left without power at 9am after a car crashed into a power pole.

More than 200 Stawell homes and businesses are still affected.

A white sedan collided with a power pole at Dawson Street, knocking it sideways.

Stawell First Constable Aaron Chavasse said the road was closed between Oliver Avenue and George Mitchell Square.

He said traffic was being directed through surrounding streets.

"A Stawell resident, a senior citizen, stated he had a coughing fit," he said.

"He lost control of the car, crashing into the power pole just before George Mitchell Square."

The car was towed about 11am.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics tended to the man, who had minor injuries.

He was taken to Stawell Hospital for further examinations and was later discharged.  

Powercor spokesman Drew Douglas said electrical contractors were checking properties had not been affected by a power surge before they could be reconnected.

About 2591 Stawell customers were without power following the crash.

Stawell Regional Health chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald said the hospital relied on generators for about two hours.

More than 200 Powercor custoemrs are still affected.

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