Early morning crash results in power outage | PostIndependent.com

Early morning crash results in power outage

BATTLEMENT MESA”Thousands of homes were without power early Tuesday morning and two District 16 schools canceled classes after an automobile crashed into a power line pole.

A vehicle crashed into one of Holy Cross Energy’s most important overhead power line poles on Stone Quarry Road about 12 a.m. Tuesday.

Bob Gardner, spokesman for Holy Cross, said more than 2,000 accounts were affected south of the Colorado River.

Bea Underwood Elementary School and L.W. St. John Middle School were canceled because the schools’ boilers could not run without electricity and it would have taken too long to re-heat the schools once the power came back on.

“The buildings were just too cold to have classes,” said Sandy Hanson, District 16 public relations director. “They’re brick buildings and they don’t retain heat very well.”

Most Battlement Mesa residents did not have power until 6:47 a.m.

“It was a very involved repair,” Gardner said. “They had to take out the old pole, put in a new pole and replace some of the wires.”

He said 13 repairmen were dispatched to the site. They were able to re-rout some power to restore electricity to about 500 customers around 2 a.m.

Gardner said repairmen described the vehicle that ran into the pole as a “car.”

“It definitely would have damaged the vehicle,” Gardner said.

Marvin Stevens, director of Garfield County Road and Bridge, said two of his employees were dispatched to the site for traffic control and reported to him that the vehicle was a Jeep Cherokee.

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