UPDATE: Power Restored to About 1,000 in South Columbia
COLUMBIA - Crews restored power to about 1,000 customers Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer knocked down three poles at the intersection of Nifong and Bearfield roads around 7 a.m., said an official in the city's Water and Light Department.
Tony Cunningham, the electrical distribution manager with Columbia Water and Light, said about 400 customers remain without power in that area. He said it could take up to an hour to restore electricity to those residents.
Cunningham said the tractor-trailer crashed into one pole, and that pole then fell on top of two others. He said crews will spend most of the day repairing the poles, which will slow traffic at that intersection.
This is the second time in less than a week that customers in this area have lost electricity temporarily. A lightning strike last week knocked out power to the same 1,400 residents, though crews restored power to most of the customers within 10 minutes.