Traffic accident knocks out power, phones in northern Utah

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WEST HAVEN — Residents of several northern Utah cities went without power, cable TV, Internet and phone services for most of the day Saturday after a pickup truck crashed into a utility pole.

The 17-year-old driver involved in the accident told Weber County sheriff's deputies he was headed to work around 6:50 a.m. when the steering went out on his pickup truck. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a power pole at 2100 South and 1900 West in West Haven.

The teen was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

The damage at the crash site was more significant. The impact knocked down two power poles and severed a Comcast fiber optic cable.

Over 1,100 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Ogden, Taylor, West Haven and West Weber lost electricity immediately after the crash, said spokeswoman Margret Oler. The utility company was able to restore power to all but two customers by 9:30 a.m., she said.

Comcast crews spent most of the day repairing the severed fiber optic line. Ray Child, senior director of public relations for Comcast, said customers living in Layton, Clearfield, Farmington, Sunset and Roy lost cable TV, Internet and phone service.

"It takes a lot of time (to fix a fiber optic line) because you're not just putting together one cable, you're putting together multiple strands within the fiber optic cable," Child said.

The Comcast cable was repaired, and services restored, by 4:40 p.m.


Contributing: Nkoyo Iyamba


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