10 a.m. UPDATE: All lanes have reopened.
8 a.m. UPDATE:Westbound lanes of Portsmouth Boulevard are now open; eastbound lanes from Hodges Ferry Road to the Chesapeake City Line still closed.

PORTSMOUTH -- Four people were hurt in a two-car crash in Portsmouth.

It happened just before midnight in the 6500 block of Portsmouth Blvd. and the investigation has forced police to put up detours.

Police say it appears speed and alcohol were factors in the crash when a white two-door car hit the rear of a green Saturn four-door. The impact caused the wheel and rear axle of the Saturn to come off.

Joppa Whitehead, who was driving the Saturn, said she was startled by the accident.

'The police officer talked to me and I was just shaking, she said.

The white car continued on Portsmouth Boulevard and struck a power pole, several trees and mailboxes before finally stopping.

The driver of the Saturn has minor injuries, said Det. Misty Holly; the two men in the white car were pinned and had to be cut free of the wreckage. A woman in the car was able to get out. The three people were were taken to the the hospital for treatment of serious injuries, Holley added.

Portsmouth Boulevard from Hodges Ferry Road to the Chesapeake line is expected to be closed into the morning rush.

A detour is in place:
Coming from Chesapeake, drivers have to use Melvin Drive just after crossing the Hodges Ferry Bridge.
From Portsmouth into Chesapeake, drivers will have to use neighborhood roads and exit from Melvin Drive to cross the Hodges Ferry Bridge to enter the City of Chesapeake.

The Dominion Power Web site showed 9 customers in Portsmouth without power, but as crews made repairs, they had to drop about 600 customers for a short time, said spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris.

'All power was restored at 7:10 a.m.,' she noted.

The names of those involved in the crash haven't been released and there was no information on possible charges.

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