Power Outage Affects 1,000 Customers After Car Hits 2 Power Poles


June 25, 2014

Hundreds of Albemarle County residents spent most of the day in the dark after a car accident on Route 29 knocked down 2 power poles Wednesday morning.

Albemarle County Police say around 1:20 AM a car driving down Route 29 South, less than a mile from Red Hill Road, hit two power poles closing the road for about two hours.

Residents in the area were left feeling the effects for more than 12 hours.

Appalachian Power says Wednesday Morning's accident knocked out power to its Red Hill North substation.

"The pole behind us was knocked down first initially. She ran into this pole here which had an isolating device on it for the substation and the vehicle came to rest in the creek bed, " says Thomas Bondurant, line crew supervisor for Appalachian Power.

That meant lights out for over 1,000 customers.

APCO's substation powers a Central Virginia Electric Cooperative substation only a few feet away.

When the poles were hit energy from both substations was affected, causing over 400 CVEC customers to be left in the dark.

On a hot day like Wednesday where temperatures were in the mid-to-high 80's being without electricity caused major disruptions to customers in the area.

Albemarle County resident John Flentje says he made adjustments to stay cool.

"We're trying to retain as much of the cool as possible. If the power comes on later in the day we'll be fine, if it doesn't we'll start opening windows," says Flentje.

The driver and passenger involved in the crash were both taken to the hospital, however, we do not know the extent of their injuries.

Power was fully restored to the over 1000 customers affected around 4PM.


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