Crash cuts power on Eglin parkway in Okaloosa County, road closed for repairs

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE– The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says Gulf Power is working to restore power poles on Elgin Parkway near Racetrack Road after a crash Friday morning.

According the crash map, Eglin Parkway was still closed as of 10:30 am Friday morning.

ORIGINAL STORY — The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has shut down a portion of Eglin Parkway near Racetrack road following an early morning crash.

According to FHP, the crash happened just after 4:30 a.m.

Troopers said a 21-year-old man crashed into a power pole at Eglin Parkway and Racetrack Road.

The crash led to live wires being down, several damaged power poles and a blown transformer.

Due to this damage, Eglin Parkway will be closed for several hours to allow Gulf Power to respond, assess, and begin the cleanup and replacement of new power poles.

Troopers said the the driver had minor injuries, but did not want to be taken to the hospital. His 21-year-old male passenger was not hurt.

Officials said the closure could last 4 to 6 hours so expect delays and find alternate routes.

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