Traffic Lights Out At Francis & Division Due To Power Outage

SPOKANE — The traffic lights at Division and Francis were out late Monday night after a car hit a power pole north of Francis on Division, knocking it down. 

Power was out at the intersection, and at nearby businesses, throughout the night, but all electricity was restored early Tuesday morning. Along with the traffic lights, Avista reported 10 businesses without power.

Upon responding to the crash site, crews essentially sealed off the intersection of Division and Francis to ensure that traffic only moved North and South through the area. A blockade prevented motorists from turning either east or west onto Francis until the power was restored.

The crash occurred at around 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. According to Spokane police, a car heading north on Division lost control after hitting an icy patch and struck a power pole with enough force to knock it over. The pole fell into the parking lot of the Top Hat Tavern. 

No injuries were reported in the crash.

Power was finally brought back online by 5:45 on New Year’s morning. Traffic is now moving smoothly in the area, and power has returned to all area businesses.