Archive for Friday, May 24, 2013

More than 3,000 lose power overnight; power mostly restored by Friday morning

May 24, 2013, 8:55 a.m. Updated May 24, 2013, 12:35 p.m.


More than 3,000 Douglas County Wester Energy customers lost power around 2:30 a.m. Friday after a vehicle struck a utility pole, according to Westar Energy spokeswoman Erin La Row.

The incident occurred in the 1100 block of W. 24th Street, just off of Naismith Drive and near Campus Court Apartments, La Row said. The impact of the crash broke the pole, which required replacement.

By 3:45 a.m., power had been restored to all but 500 customers, and by 8:30 a.m., all outages resulting from the incident had been restored, La Row said.

The outage primarily affected an area on Naismith Drive, west to Iowa Street and between 20th and 31st streets.

Police responding to the scene found an unoccupied 2007 Chevrolet pickup associated with the accident. Officers are still investigating the incident, said Kim Murphree, a Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman.


Bobby Burch 4 years, 11 months ago

Conflabbin' West Star — takin' my electricity!

melissa stewart 4 years, 11 months ago

there was some police chase last night! why wasn't that reported? there were helicopters flying around shining spot lights? was this car involved?

Michael Auchard 4 years, 11 months ago

Looking at the police call record last night, it appears it may have been a suicide/life flight or something and not a chase... I guess. But the chopper did come over at least 3 times where I lived, so who knows.

rockchalk77 4 years, 11 months ago

I noticed some of my electronics had reset this morning. I would like to point out this is the second time in a year that my power has gone out because of somebody hitting a utility pole. I live on a cursed section of the grid.

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