UPDATE: A man has been charged in a crash that closed Stringer's Ridge Tunnel and left several people without power on Wednesday night.

The crash happened around 11:00 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged 26-year-old Sean Casey McGowan with driving under the influence.

According to the incident report, McGowan hit a power pole and flipped his car as he driving out of the tunnel onto Dayton Boulevard.

The report says McGowan had slurred speech and field sobriety tests indicated that he was "too impaired to operate a motor vehicle in the state of TN."

The crash closed the tunnel for several hours and caused hundreds of power outages in the surrounding area.

McGowan is scheduled to appear in court on November 7.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: The Stringer's Ridge Tunnel that was closed overnight has re-opened to traffic after a crash that caused a fire and power outage for nearby residents.


PREVIOUS STORY: A crash Wednesday night closed the Stringer's Ridge Tunnel to Dayton and Cherokee Boulevards and left some customers without power.

It happened shortly after 11:00 p.m.

The crash involved only one car, which took out a power pole and ended up on its top.

The live wires from the pole sparked a fire and several explosions while Channel 3's crew was at the scene.

Fire crews were able to start putting out the fire once the power was cut by EPB crews.

Almost 300 people were left without power.

The driver involved in the crash was not hurt.