Power restored after crash in Oak Ridge

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 5:59 PM EST
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OAK RIDGE Tenn. (WVLT) - Power has been restored to most customers after more than 1,000 City of Oak Ridge Electric Department customers were without power Friday after a truck hit a transmission tower at the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and Union Valley Road, officials said.

The outage, affecting traffic lights, businesses and homes happened around 4:30 p.m.

Traffic backed up for miles just after the incident.

According to a release from the City of Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority, the incident occurred when a Chevy 2500 towing a skid steer ran off of Highway 62 and damaged a transmission tower. As of about 10 p.m., the highway remained impassable, with the tower hanging partially over the roadway and the power lines across the road.

TVA said the lines were de-energized, and more structures were damaged during the accident. TVA crews and officers were on scene.

According to the release, TVA is obtaining traffic control services for tomorrow morning as crews continue to remove the tower.

The driver and passenger involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The city said that the remainders without power are expected to be restored in the next couple of hours, but South Illinois Avenue remains closed.

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