Duke Energy: Thousands were without power after accident


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – 11:30AM UPDATE: James Aker, supervisor of Construction and Maintenance at Duke Energy, confirmed there were thousands of people in Terre Haute and Riley without power after the accident on 13th Street.

Officials state most power should be restored but are working to restore power to the few still without.

Police report the driver of a gray jeep was traveling north on 13th Street towards Hulman when she lost control and hit the curb and went onto the sidewalk.

PHOTOS | ACCIDENT ON 13TH CAUSES POWER OUTAGES

She then crossed lanes and traveled to the opposite side of 13th Street where she hit the supporting wires that were connected to the power line pole.

That impact caused the pole to lean and the live power lines to create a power surge. Those power lines being connected to the transformer hub is what caused such a wide spread power outage throughout Terre Haute and Riley.

The jeep came to a stop next to the fence that surrounds the transformer hub. The driver was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. There is no word on her condition but an officer at the scene reported she was OK.

All lanes of traffic on 13th Street are open.

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9:20AM UPDATE: An accident around 8:30 a.m. on Terre Haute’s southside cuts power to much of the city.

News 10 has a crew on the scene between Hulman and Lockport on S. 13th Street. Crews say a woman lost control of her vehicle on the curve and crashed into a telephone pole.

This has also caused issues to a power hub for electricity. Duke Energy is on the scene.

Officials told News 10 the woman is OK, but was kept in her vehicle for a while due to live power lines. She has now been transported to a local hospital.

As a traffic reminder – if you come to an intersection with a power light out, make sure to come to a stop and treat it as a four-way stop.

We will bring you the latest updates as they become available.

 

 

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