Crash causes power outage

Published 6:02 pm Saturday, January 23, 2021

A crash in a downtown neighborhood caused a major power outage on Saturday.

The single-vehicle crash was reported at 3:51 p.m. at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Wellons Street and involved a Dodge Ram pick-up, according to a city press release. There were no injuries.

The vehicle struck a power pole; Dominion Energy stated about 2,000 customers were without power earlier in the day, the press release stated. By 6 p.m., the number was down to 1,088 on Dominion’s outage tracker. The tracker gave an estimated time of restoration between 6 and 9 p.m.; by midnight, all but two isolated customers in the area had power restored.


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Public Works crews also responded and placed road closure signs at Mason Avenue and Wellons Street, Battery Avenue and Wellons Street, and South Saratoga Street at Nevada Street and Wellons Street. It is anticipated that the affected roadways will be closed for an extended amount of time; repair work is estimated to take about 24 hours.

The accident investigation remains ongoing.