OGDEN -- Steve Morse, 20, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into and knocked down a utility pole, causing a local power outage and minor injuries to himself Wednesday evening.
Morse, on vacation from Middletown, Calif., lost control of his '90s-model Chevrolet pickup truck while he was driving eastbound in Ogden Canyon, said Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryon Hadley.
Around 5 p.m., Morse crashed into a utility pole near Mile Marker 11, about a half-mile west of the Alaskan Inn.
"He said he felt sick and a little nauseous, and the next thing he knew he was ... pinned in the truck," Hadley said.
The truck wound up on its left side, with the pole collapsed on top of the truck, trapping Morse inside. The downed power lines briefly prevented emergency responders from reaching him, as they had to stay back until Rocky Mountain Power shut off the electricity.
"I think (the wires) were live. Someone said there were sparks originally," Hadley said.
Firefighters had to cut out the truck's windshield to get Morse out, Hadley said, adding that Morse received only minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.
Police closed Ogden Canyon in both directions for about 90 minutes until they could clear the scene.
Any citations or charges against Morse are pending the ongoing investigation into the crash, Hadley said. Investigators do not suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor.
The outage initially affected 1,042 customers throughout the Ogden area, said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen.
Repair crews were able to restore power to 122 customers by about 6:30 p.m., and work was to continue throughout the night, he said.
The downed power line also somehow damaged a substation near 12th Street and Harrison Boulevard, Eskelsen said. The company does not know yet how the damage occurred.