Car crash knocks out power to area of Tenino

About 40 Puget Sound Energy customers in the Tenino area were without power Monday morning after a car crashed into a power pole, according to a PSE spokesman and Tenino police.

Power was expected to be restored about 3 p.m. Monday, spokesman Andrew Padula said.

The outage was triggered about 3:50 a.m. Monday when a driver, headed south on Wichman Street South, drifted off the road and hit the power pole in the 300 block, Officer Craig Klumper said.

Klumper said the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Power initially was knocked out to only seven PSE customers, but in order to make repairs, power needed to be shut off in the area, affecting more customers, Padula said.