Stawell properties without power for up to 10 hours

A NUMBER of Stawell properties were without power for 10 hours after a car crashed into a power pole on Wednesday.

More than 2500 Stawell customers were without power from 9am, when a white sedan crashed into a power pole in Dawson Street.

Most had their power restored within two hours.

But more than 200 Powercor customers waited for electrical contractors to check their properties had not been damaged before their power could be reconnected.

"It was 600 minutes, or 10 hours, until the last customer went back on," Powercor spokesman Drew Douglas said.

He said the safety checks were necessary.

Stawell police said Dawson Street was closed between Oliver Avenue and George Mitchell Square for several hours, with traffic diverted through surrounding streets.

The pole was knocked sideways and had to be replaced.

Stawell First Constable Aaron Chavasse said the car's driver - a Stawell resident - stated he had a coughing fit.

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

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

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

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