Crash causes outage


Car sits on the levee after striking a utility pole Tuesday afternoon. The crash resulted in a power outage in a large portion of the east end of Portsmouth.


A crash in the east end of Portsmouth Tuesday afternoon left a large portion of that area without power.

At the scene, Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said a motor vehicle accident at the end of Glover Street at River Road in Portsmouth effected American Electric Power (AEP) service to the lower end of town for several hours.

“It appears we had an unresponsive driver that ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole, which severed the electric line,” Ware told the Daily Times at the scene. “That electric line feeds a great portion of lower end of the city of Portsmouth, including some emergency service buildings, city schools and Shawnee State University.”

Ware said the driver of the car was later revived.

Ware said AEP was on the scene developing their repair plan.

“Their estimates are a few hours to several,” Ware said. “They think they can have it all isolated and repaired by late afternoon, but to those who require electricity for medical needs and monitors, should consider plans that assure they have electric service.”

Ware said some of the areas impacted by the power outage include Shawnee State University and the Portsmouth Fire Department Central Dispatch location. Ware said traffic lights effected by the power outage will be treated as 4 way stops.

Car sits on the levee after striking a utility pole Tuesday afternoon. The crash resulted in a power outage in a large portion of the east end of Portsmouth.
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