Monroe power goes out when pickup rams pole

A traffic accident knocked out power to roughly 2,200 customers Monroe and Snohomish for nearly an hour Tuesday afternoon when a pickup truck ran into a power pole on Roosevelt Road north of Monroe, said Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen.

Power was lost at 5:23 p.m., said Neil Neroutsos, spokesman for the Snohomish County Public Utility District. Power was returned to most customers by 6:08 p.m., he said. However, a handful of customers had not regained power by 8 p.m.

The driver, a 44-year-old man, left the scene but was later arrested by police for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs, said Jorgensen, whose house also lost power in the incident.

Fatal accident: A woman died Tuesday in a collision between a car and pickup truck south of Everett, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire and police officials had few details of the accident Tuesday evening.

The woman, a passenger in the car, died at the intersection of 128th Avenue SW and Eighth Avenue W. after the collision, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen.

The car’s male driver and a 7-month-old baby boy were taken to area hospitals, said Leslie Hynes, spokeswoman for Fire District 1. Hynes said the child appeared stable at the scene of the accident, and the male truck driver was unhurt.

Jorgensen said she did not yet know the details of the accident.

Teacher’s contract: Negotiators for the Snohomish School District and the Snohomish Education Association are continuing to meet in an effort to iron out a contract for the district’s approximate 600 teachers.

Sources on both sides said contract language and salaries are at issue. Although negotiations took place throughout the summer, teachers returned to the classrooms without a new contract.

If no agreement is reached before Monday, the Snohomish Education Association membership plans to vote on whether to step up its protest, meaning teachers would not do any duty that is not specifically spelled out in their contract, including some after-school activities. Teachers also may consider a strike, association sources said.

There are 477 full-time equivalent positions in the district, but 600 people are employed as teachers, some of whom job share or work part-time.

From Herald staff reports

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