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BREAKING NEWS: Accident cuts electricity in parts of city
Power pole broken
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An accident on Bridge Street disrupted electrical service to about 150 customers in Martinsville on Friday morning.(Bulletin photo by Holly Kozelsky)

Friday, August 22, 2014

By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Staff Writer

An accident on Bridge Street disrupted electrical service to about 150 customers in Martinsville on Friday morning.

Shortly after 9 a.m., power had been restored to much of the area. Officials said it may take six or seven hours to restore service to the area where the accident occurred on Bridge Street, and one nearby neighborhood remained in the dark.

Lt. D.R. Wimmer with the Martinsville Police Department said a pickup traveled up Bridge Street, left the roadway and struck a utility pole around 8:20 a.m.

The pole, which held a transformer, broke in the accident.

Martinsville Electric Department Line Crew Supervisor Daniel Morrison said the transformer carried electricity from Church Street to Broad and Market streets to the power substation on Depot Street. According to city Director of Utilities Dennis Bowles, the area included Moss, Barton, Holt, Cemetery and Sutherlin streets. A part of Main Street also was affected, he added.

At the scene of the accident, a white Dodge Ram pickup truck was twisted over the broken pole.

"The city will be here the majority of the day putting all this back," Wimmer said. "Bridge Street will be closed for quite a while."

Power was restored to most of the area within the hour. The Holt and Moss neighborhood remained without power as of 9:30 a.m., but the city was "going to backfeed" the area with lines to have it restored quickly, Bowles said.

That would leave only Bridge Street, between Railroad and Sutherlin streets, without power, affecting five businesses, Bowles said. He estimated they would be without power for the five or six hours it took crews to replace the pole.

About 150 customers were affected, Bowles said.


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