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Thousands lose power, internet after truck strikes utility pole in Charlottesville

Thousands were without power and internet in Charlottesville Tuesday after a tractor-trailer struck a utility pole downtown Monday night.

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, a tractor-trailer attempting to make a left turn at the intersection of High Street and Park Street by Court Square swiped a utility pole on the corner.

The collision knocked out power to nearly 2,900 Dominion Energy customers and internet to roughly 8,300 Ting Internet customers.

Crews were on the scene throughout the day Tuesday repairing the damage, closing the intersection by Court Square to through traffic.

Dominion spokesman Jeremy Slayton said that a Dominion crew was first replacing the damaged equipment before a Ting crew could begin restoring fibers. Ting said technicians would not be able to fully repair fibers until Dominion engineers cleared the damage and finished their own restorations.

As of Tuesday afternoon, most utilities had been restored in Charlottesville. There were still 272 customers without power and 150 customers without internet as of 4 p.m.

Both Dominion and Ting said they expected final repairs to be completed and both internet and power to be restored by Tuesday evening.

“Ting began working to restore service to our network last night at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET, following local utilities who were allowed first access as dictated by municipal priority,” Ting Internet Chief Networks Officer Jason Smith told The Daily Progress via email Tuesday. “We were able to quickly bring most addresses back online; however, we continue to work directly with Dominion to repair damage to some lines.”

There were no injuries reported at the scene of the Monday night collision that took out the utility pole. While Charlottesville police are investigating the matter, police spokesman Kyle Ervin said there have not been any charges filed against the driver of the tractor-trailer at this time.

Ervin said that the driver was attempting to navigate around construction on Court Square before swiping the pole. Parts of High Street by Court Square have been significantly narrowed to make way for construction as work is underway on the new joint Charlottesville-Albemarle County courthouse complex at the old Levy Opera House.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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