Power cut off after accident

A PREGNANT woman who ploughed into a power pole on Saturday evening cut off electricity to a large swathe of businesses in Park Beach Road, Orlando Street and Bray Street.

The woman, who was reportedly driving an older-model Commodore, hit the power pole near Eagle Boys Pizza about 6.30pm on Saturday, bringing down a high-tension power line.

Police, ambulance and fire brigade officers attended the accident, which cut off power supplies as far away as the Greenhouse Tavern and Hungry Jacks in Bray Street until about 8.40pm.

Birch Carroll and Coyle cinemas were among the businesses affected, with patrons watching three different movies having their screenings halted by the blackout.

Because of the length of the power outage, these movies could not be completed before the next session, so all affected movie patrons were issued with free breakdown passes.

Coffs Harbour Fire Brigade captain David Spagnolo said firemen stayed at the scene to prevent fires and keep people away from the fallen line until Country Energy linesmen arrived to repair the line.

The pregnant woman driver was taken to hospital by ambulance.

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