Crash causes major power outage, 2 hospitalized

As many as 2,000 Duke Energy customers are without power Thursday evening, after a crash in Lafayette.

Posted: Dec. 21, 2017 6:54 PM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 7:38 AM

LAFAYETTE (Ind.) WLFI -- As many as 2,000 Duke Energy customers were without power Thursday evening after a crash in Lafayette.

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The outage affected much of the city's northeast side, centered around the Duke Energy substation on Greenbush Street. Most customers were back online by 10 p.m. The last of the outages were fixed by 11:30 p.m.

Authorities say it started with a crash at Schuyler Avenue and Biltz Street around 5:30 p.m. They say a car with two people in it veered off the road, hitting a utility pole and another car. The person in the other car was not hurt, but both people in the first car were taken to the hospital. They are expected to recover.

Duke Energy says the issue with the utility pole caused a chain reaction that affected some of their transformers. They expect to have power restored between 7:45 and 10:15 p.m.

In the meantime, police say many major traffic lights along Sagamore Parkway are also affected. It's causing traffic to back up in the area. Police are asking drivers to avoid it if possible and treat all intersections as four-way stops.

You can track Duke Energy's progress via their outage map here.

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