Her car struck a New York State Electric and Gas pole, a mailbox and then a light pole before coming to rest.
When NYSEG responded, power lines were on fire adjacent to the car, said Michael Langlois, NYSEG construction supervisor for the company’s Electric Department in Plattsburgh.
The way was made safe for emergency responders to help Bates from the car, he said, and then work began to restore power for a total of 1,436 customers.
Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day issued a warning about 7 a.m. Wednesday, saying “utility crews are working this morning to restore power, but it may still be a few hours.
“If your normal route of travel brings you on Route 22B between Rand Hill and Banker roads this morning, expect delays until at least noon as the road is closed there. Seek alternate routes.”
The pole was replaced and customers brought back online in sections, Langlois said — within two hours, 1,224 had power again, 47 minutes later another 76 had electricity, with the rest restored by 10 a.m.
Bates was taken to CVPH Medical Center with injuries to her upper extremities, State Police said. She was treated then released.
State Police ticketed her for failure to keep right.
— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.