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Bus collides with telephone pole in Poulsbo

A Kitsap Transit bus collided with a telephone pole near the intersection of Front Street and Torval Canyon Road, Friday morning. - Brian J. Olson/Staff photo
A Kitsap Transit bus collided with a telephone pole near the intersection of Front Street and Torval Canyon Road, Friday morning.
— image credit: Brian J. Olson/Staff photo

POULSBO — A Kitsap Transit bus struck a telephone pole near the intersection of Front Street and Torval Canyon Road in Poulsbo shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, injuring a passenger, knocking out power to local businesses and backing up traffic downtown.

The cause of the accident has not been established, but police are investigating the situation, according to Poulsbo Police Sgt. Robert Wright. The driver was not injured, but was taken to Harrison Medical Center for evaluation, according to Wright.

At the time of the collision, four passengers were on board the bus. A 16-year-old female passenger received minor injuries and was transported from the scene for medical attention. The remaining three passengers walked away with minor or no injuries, according to Poulsbo Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Matson.

After colliding with the telephone pole, the bus teetered atop a grassy hill before coming to a rest, according to witnesses.

Southbound traffic on Front Street was diverted toward Bond Road and Highway 305, and northbound traffic was diverted to Torval Canyon Road while Puget Sound Energy crews worked to secure the telephone pole and restore power to 600 customers in downtown Poulsbo. The estimated completion time for the repairs is 3 p.m.

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