I-15 crash causes power outages in Kaysville

I-15 crashes causes power outages in Kaysville (Photo: Kaysville police)

(KUTV)- A crash and downed power lines briefly closed I-15 in all directions on Saturday morning near 200 North in Kaysville and also caused power outages for parts of the city, according to Utah Department of Transportation officials.

A driver crashed into a power pole on 200 North near the interstate exit at about 4 a.m. Saturday. Kaysville police have identified the driver as Jason Exley, and believe impaired driving was a factor of the crash.

Kaysville Power Department will close the area Saturday from 10 pm- 6 am in a continued effort to restore power to the Kaysville residents.

The driver was headed north on I-15 when he took the exit for 200 North police said. After exiting, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a power pole nearby.

By noon, exit 328 to I-15 was reopened. Utah Department of Transportation officials estimated that I-15 wouldn’t be completely cleared until later Saturday afternoon, according to the department’s website.

UDOT officials said drivers in the area should expect delays between 5 and 15 minutes. UDOT traffic cameras showed mostly normal traffic by about 7:30 a.m.

Power lines were down for about eight power poles, causing much of Kaysville and West Kaysville to be without power on Saturday. By 11 a.m. Saturday, some businesses had power restored, but several thousand residents remained in the dark.

Officials say these areas will likely remain without power until Sunday because power lines will need to be replaced over I-15. UDOT officials want to wait until after midnight Satuday to shut down the interstate again and replace the lines.

The city's Veteran's Day program was canceled for Saturday due to the power outage affecting Davis High School.

The driver in the accident was transported to a local hospital early Saturday morning but was later released. He was then booked into jail.

Kaysville City has been posting updates via Facebook, and KUTV will continue to uodate this story when more information becomes available.

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