A photo taken of the scene of the accident at Pie Creek.
A photo taken of the scene of the accident at Pie Creek. Josie Laird

Power pole knocked down in crash, causes blackout and fire

A WOMAN emerged almost unscathed from a spectacular Pie Creek crash which destroyed a power pole, started a fire and blacked out more than 600 homes and businesses on Wednesday night.

Authorities said the driver and sole occupant of the crashed vehicle was taken to hospital but was not seriously injured.

Power consumers were reconnected progressively over the next seven hours.

All consumers were reconnected by 3.25am.

The single vehicle crash at Pie Creek severely damaged the vehicle involved, along with an 11,000 volt power pole and line.

Emergency crews were quickly on the scene to make the area safe and to check the condition of the driver and sole occupant, a woman, 49.

The crash occurred when a vehicle veered off Fernvale Rd, about 400m from Regan Rd, a police spokeswoman said.

"The car veered off the road and struck a power pole," she said.

The pole's footing was damaged and the pole fell, taking the power line with it and starting a grassfire.

Ambulance officers were quickly on the scene and treated the woman for minor injuries before she was conveyed to Gympie Hospital for testing.

The crash caused "significant damage to the front of the vehicle," she said.

An Energex spokesman said the resultant blackout affected large areas to Gympie's south, including Mooloo, McIntosh Creek, Lagoon Pocket, Calico Creek, Jones Hill, Southside, Pie Creek, Long Flat, The Dawn, Langshaw and Gilldora.

Police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, Ambulance and Energex personnel attended, she said.

Power went off for 604 Energex customers from 8.45pm, the Energex spokesman said.

The last customers were back on by 3.25am, he said.

The widespread blackouts occurred after the Pie Creek incident led to a shut down at the Gympie 2A substation, which supplies a large area from Southside to Gilldora, he said.

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