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HOUSTON - A driver crashed into an electric transformer at a northwest Houston apartment complex early Wednesday, knocking out power to several buildings, police said.

It happened at the Clearbrook Apartments in the 4000 block of W. 34th Street around 4 a.m., Houston police said.

Police said the driver lost control of his silver sedan when he swerved to avoid a wrong-way driver. The car hit a tree and then took out an electric box, leaving the complex partially in the dark.

CenterPoint Energy crews were called to the scene, but they said they couldn t make immediate repairs because the damaged equipment belongs to the apartment complex.

There was no early word on how long the repairs would take, but as of 6 a.m. six buildings in the complex remained in the dark.

CenterPoint said the driver will have to pay for the repairs.

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