UPDATE: Power almost fully restored to Hixson Pike area after crash
UPDATE: EPB's outage map shows power should be restored to the Hixson Pike area affected by this morning's accident. John Pless, EPB spokesman, says that only one customer remains without power.
An accident on Hixson Pike @ Hwy 153 caused quite a mess for commuters Friday morning.
Around 7:15 am a truck hit a power pole in front of the Krystal on Hixson Pike. That pole then hit knocked another down, causing live wires to hit the ground.
Several other cars were damaged as a result of this accident.
"Basically two poles broke, put these area businesses out of power and our guys have been here, we rushed them out here and I've got four crews working to restore power," said Assistant Vice President of EPB Wendell Boring.
Traffic was backed up for quite a while as some onlookers pulled over to see the rare sight.
"People typically hit a pole once every week or so, sometimes 2-3 times a week in the summer months," said Boring. "But on this scale, not so often."
The accident also took out power to more than 200 EPB customers in the area. It also shut down businesses. BBQ City left a note of its window turning away customers. Krystal shut its doors as it worked to preserve food and power-up a generator.
EPB says it will be several hours before power will be restored to the area. Two power poles need to be reinstalled as well as several powerlines reconnected. EPB cleanup and construction crews are on the scene.
No injuries were reported.
Boring estimates the repairs could end up costing roughly $50,000.
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