Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

March 27, 2013

Car snaps pole

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

More than 1,000 NYSEG customers, including the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, lost power Wednesday afternoon when a car took out a utility pole on Upper Mountain Road. There were no injuries and no tickets, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's.

The power company got the report of the accident at 12:49 p.m. and restored electricity to most customers by 4 p.m., according to NYSEG spokesman Dan Hucko. The pole, which was snapped in two pieces. was replaced by NYSEG crews.

The Sheriff's Department used an emergency generator which automatically kicks on during outage. The complex, which includes the jail, was still using the generator at 5 p.m. 

The conductors, which are the high-voltage top wires, came down causing a short circuit and the South Niagara Street substation was affected. The cooling liquid from the transformers spilled on the road.

The 1,077 customers were without power for about three hours.

After shearing the utility pole, the car continued and came to rest against a tree near the site of the former Ritz Restaurant and across the road from the Delphi Plant.

The airbags deployed in the full-size sedan and the woman driver and male passenger refused medical treatment at the scene, according to South Lockport Fire Co. Chief Derek Caldwell. Wrights Corners responded and assisted in traffic control.