(Michael Johns)

Nearly 2,000 BC Hydro customers in Saanich, Esquimalt, and View Royal found themselves in the dark Sunday morning after a vehicle vehicle incident.

BC Hydro says a power outage in the Gorge-Tillicum and Strawberry Vale areas of Saanich is affecting 1,859 customers.

The outage is impacting those in the area south of Mann Avenue, west of Angeleah Place, east of Holland Avenue and north of Forshaw Road.

The outrage first began at 10:52 p.m. Saturday following a motor vehicle incident at and has knocked out traffic control devices at intersections.

A driver crashed into a hydro pole near the intersection of Interurban and Wilkinson Road, shearing the pole in half.

Saanich Police issued a statement Sunday morning reminding motorists that intersections, where traffic signals are not working, must apply the four-way stop rule.

“Please exercise caution while driving due to the power outage impacting households and traffic control devices/intersections in the municipality of Saanich,” said Saanich Police in a statement.

BC Hydro says crews are on scene and power is expected to be restored before 1 p.m. Sunday.

No details were released on the cause of the crash or condition of the occupant(s).

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