The driver of a BMW automobile disobeyed a traffic control device Monday night in downtown Moline, and collided with a MetoLINK bus that then hit a utility pole.

The sequence of events caused a power outage that affected more than 1,200 customers in the downtown areas of Moline and Rock Island, as well as a few customers in downtown Davenport.

The power line went down at 6:51 p.m., and crews reported to the scene to correct the problem, according to Tina Potthoff, of MidAmerican Energy Co.

Moline Police also reported to the scene, according to Sgt. Terry Garmon. The driver of the BMW was transported to Trinity Rock Island, but did not appear to have severe injuries, he added.

Power was essentially restored to the area by 10 p.m. Monday. In all, 1,207 customers were affected, Potthoff said.

Areas of cities affected were in a triangular shape: 400 block of East 2nd Street, Davenport, to 4100 block of 18th Avenue, Rock Island and to the 500 block of 16th Avenue, Moline.